Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Brunei Population and Housing Census 2011
When I arrived at the office today, I saw this book from the Economic Planning and Development Department. This is the preliminary report of Brunei's Population and Housing Census which was done last year. I still remembered the young lady who came over to our house and asked all these questions. I sure hope that half an hour that we gave will contribute towards knowing much more about Brunei.
This book has some interesting data and it leaves a lot of questions as well. Since this is only a preliminary data, I can't wait until the statistics people analyse the detailed data and tell us more things about Brunei.
The major finding is that last year we were just short of 400,000 people. it was 393,162 with 202,668 guys and that leaves 190,494 for the opposite gender. These 393,162 make up 68,208 households thus making each household about 6 people (5.8 to be exact). The most interesting data that is that 81,903 houses and apartments and other living quarters and surprisingly only 65,437 are occupied. One fifth of all houses, apartments and living quarters in Brunei is not occupied! I would love to see those detailed data and imagine the policy implications for building more and more houses by both the government and private sectors.
The other thing is that the population in the Brunei/Muara is getting more dense. In 1971, there were 127 people per sq km in Brunei/Muara. By 2011, there are now 490 people in the same size area. In Belait it is a very loose 22 people per sq km, 38 in Tutong and 7 in Temburong. Out of those 393,162 people, 279,842 are in Brunei/Muara, 60,609 in Belait, 43,855 in Tutong and 8,856 in Temburong. Though our growth rate has gone down to 1.7% per annum which is not enough to sustain our population. Mind you, all these statistics include everyone in Brunei at that point in time so it includes all the non-Bruneians.
It is interesting to see that the Mukim Berakas B has the largest number of population at 41,117, Gadong B 34,181, Gadong A 33,352, KB 33,067, Sengkurong 31,549 and Kilanas 24,468. The largest kampongs are generally those with housing estates but of the non-housing estates, Kampong Beribi has 7,694 people and followed closely by Mata-Mata 6,699.
Anyway, get the book. Go to JPKE and enjoy the preliminary statistics.