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Brief on Census 2020

The date for 2020 Population and Housing Census is August 1st, a shift from the traditional May 1st “Census Day”.  No enumeration will take place on this day; however enumeration will begin the day after.

The census methodology to be employed for the census data capture in 2020 is Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) through the use of hand held tablets, employing Survey Solutions software developed by the World Bank.  Some of the advantages of this technology include avoiding the cost of having to print large volumes of census questionnaires, having the completed census documents captured electronically, making the processing time shorter.

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The Census exercise is always an exciting time for us, and the use of CAPI technology in the 2020 round of Censuses makes it even more so because it represents a departure from the traditional method of Paper and Pencil Interviewing (PAPI).

To ensure that the island’s population is properly enumerated we will be utilizing 609 enumerators to canvas 609 enumeration districts, 100 Census Supervisors, 16 Senior Supervisors and 25 Trainers.  These personnel will be critical to ensure that the entire island is canvased completely.

Why Is the Population and Housing Census Important to You!

The Census provides a snapshot of who we are as a nation and how we have changed.  In essence, it shows how many people live on our island, where we live, the state of our housing stock and so much more.

Primarily, the fundamental purpose of the Population and Housing Census is to provide reliable data necessary for sound policy-making, planning and administrative purposes.  Information received from the population of Barbados is essential for describing and assessing the country’s economic, social and demographic circumstances.

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Further to this, academics, researchers and students use the data from the Population and Housing Census as an indispensable source in their scientific analysis.  Shifts in the composition and distribution of the population by various thematic areas such as education, fertility, housing, religion are of primary concern.

The decennial census also provides a base to inform business development and investment in our country, which is vitally important for the institutions and individuals within the business and labour community.  Accurate information on the size and distribution of the population, especially at the parish or community level proves to be very useful since these indicators influence the demand for labour, goods and services.

Census Notices!

Census Day is August 1st, 2020!

Census Publications

Countdown to Census Day 2020

Census Day 2020 is August 1

Census Training coming in May 2020
2020 Census Coming soon!
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Historical Context of Census in Barbados

The first modern Census of the population of Barbados was conducted on June 3rd, 1844.  Before 1844 there were some estimates of individual enumeration followed by a period where there was no count of the population (excluding the population slaves) for many years.  Therefore this Census represented a count of all citizens, whether they were freed slaves or not.

Another milestone was achieved at the time of the 1946 Census, as this was the first time that the Census was organised with close collaboration with other British Colonies in the Caribbean.

These facts highlight that Barbados has had a long history of Census taking and from 1946 it has always been on the premise of a Population and Housing Census, not just on the Population of Barbados alone.  Although, having the practice of conducting Censuses in the early years, they were not conducted on a regular predictable manner, necessary for comparable information produced in a fixed sequence.  Read More

Total Population at Each Census