Population figures (FOI)
Population figures (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 24 January 2022.
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Currently your population page is out of date with figures estimated for 2019 (estimate report labelled 20/06/18) -
I would like to ask for the official population figures for (failing official numbers, estimates will suffice):
I would also like to know the estimated population figure for:
Is there a reason this data has not been updated during the pandemic and is currently 3.5 years out of date on official government sites?
The Jersey Census takes place once every decade. The latest census took place on 21 March 2021 and the data is provisionally due to be published in Quarter 1 to Quarter 2 2022. In between censuses, annual population estimates are produced which take the previous census population data, add on births and in-migration, and subtract deaths and out-migration. This is in line with international practice.
The 2019 population estimates are the official estimates and were published on 18 June 2020.
As with the run-up to previous census, population estimates for the end of 2020 were not produced because they would soon be superseded by results from the census. Likewise, population estimates were not produced for the end of 2021 as they would quickly become out of date once the 2021 census results were published. The information is therefore not held, as per Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
Population projections, which project the population into the future are based on a number of scenarios (for births, deaths, and in-and out-migration), are typically produced at the mid-point between the census. The last population projections were produced in October 2016 (and are available in the link below) and, in line with international practice, included short term (2025); medium term (2035); and long-term (2065) projections.
Jersey Population Projection report 2016
Statistics Jersey will not update population projections until the census results are released. As with previous population projections, the projections would not be for individual years, but for short, medium and long-term periods in increments of ten years. Therefore, the information is not held, as per Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011.
The census results are due to be published in Quarter 1 to Quarter 2 of this year in line with the Statistics Jersey release schedule. Statistics Jersey will subsequently publish annual estimates for future years on a similar timescale as before (starting with estimates for the end of 2022, to be published in 2023).
Publication release schedule (Statistics Jersey)
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