WINDHOEK – Namibia’s population stands at 2.1 million people, an increase of 15 percent from the 1.8 million recorded during the 2001 Population and Housing Census.
On average, a 1.5 percent population growth has occurred annually. Of the 2.1 million people, 51 percent are female and 49 percent male, the latest census preliminary results indicate.
In total, 465, 400 households were counted, representing an increase of 32 percent from the 346,455 households registered in the 2001 census. This reflects a reduction in average household size to 4.4 in 2011 compared to 5.1 in 2001.
Average households vary significantly across regions and constituencies. It is highest in the Kavango Region and lowest in the Erongo Region. Generally, large households are to be found in the northern regions, while small ones are found in regions with larger urban populations such as the Erongo and Khomas regions.
The southern regions have moderately-sized households. In terms of rural and urban distribution, a total of 1, 219,400 (58 percent) were enumerated in rural areas, while 885,500 (42 percent) were enumerated in urban areas in 2011.
Compared to the proportional distributions of 67 percent and 33 percent respectively enumerated in the 2001 census, this shows that the rate of urbanization in Namibia is increasing.
The preliminary census results were announced by the Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo.
“It’s a good growth if you relate that growth to the economic growth. We should still be able to manage our population.”