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Results of 2011 census not yet available to the public on St. Maarten

FRIDAY, 04 JANUARY 2013

PHILIPSBURG–It’s 2013 and the public is still awaiting the results of the countrywide census conducted in 2011.
The only information issued by the Department of Statistics Stat to date about the findings of the census was data indicating that the population is aging. Other than that, there have been no updates or explanations from Stat or other government entities indicating why, after nearly two years, the public has not been apprised of the results.

The last time this newspaper published an update about the census was August 2012, when Stat head Makini Hickinson said the department was working diligently daily on the results and had targeted the end of October 2012 as the release date for the preliminary results.

Stat conducted the St. Maarten 2011 Census from April 9 to April 17, 2011. The census will serve as a baseline for St. Maarten and provide updated data on St. Maarten’s population structure and socio-economic characteristics.

The island was divided into 29 districts for which approximately 500 enumerators (interviewers) were trained to conduct door-to-door interviews. The census had some hiccups, and a post-census exercise early last year was conducted to ensure that the 18,000 households registered in St. Maarten were covered adequately.

However, there have been unconfirmed reports about several inconsistencies and operational errors associated with the execution of the census.

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