Cape Verde’s population up 13% between 2000 and 2010 to 491,575 inhabitants

27 September 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 27 Sep – Cape Verde’s population recorded 13 percent growth between 2000 and 2010, rising to 491,575 inhabitants, the National Statistics Institute (INE) announced on Friday in Praia during presentation of the preliminary population census results.

When presenting preliminary results of the census carried out in the last two weeks of June, INE director Antonio Duarte said that even though the population was up the island country’s birth rate “has been going down” and that the growth rate indicated in the current census was “much lower” than that seen in the previous one.

The figures also show that the female population is slightly above the male’s, as there are 248,260 female (50.5 percent) and 243,315 (49.5 percent) male inhabitants.

The data indicates that 62 percent of the Cape Verdean population lives in urban environments, versus 38 percent in rural environments.

In age terms, more than 30 percent of the population is between 0 and 19 years old, while only 0.3 percent of the total is more than 90 years old.

The General Census of Population and Housing is compiled by the INE every 10 years. Its aim is to count the inhabitants of national territory, identify their characteristics and indicate how Cape Verdeans live.

Censuses have been compiled since 1960 in Cape Verde and the three carried out since independence (1980, 1990 and 2000) also covered housing. (macauhub)