Tuesday, October 02, 2012

S'pore population up 2.5% to 5.31 million

Singapore has recorded a 2.5 percent increase in population to 5.31 million as of end-June, due to a rise in the number of residents and non-residents in the country, according to the Population Trends 2012 Report released by the Department of Statistics (DOS).

The report stated that Singapore’s population comprises of 3.29 million citizens, 0.53 million permanent residents (PRs) and the remaining are non-residents.

In addition, around 3.14 million or 82 percent of all Singapore residents live in HDB flats.

There are 10 planning areas that account for about 90 percent of Singapore residents staying in HDB flats, with Punggol and Woodlands as the top two areas with the most number of HDB dwellers.

Meanwhile, five planning areas recorded over 200,000 Singapore residents, with Bedok having the most number at 295,200 while Jurong West and Tampines have over 250,000 each. Woodlands recorded 247,800 and Hougang had 217,400.

The study also found that among residents living in older estates, a big proportion comprise of Singaporeans who are 65-years old and above. The proportion of elderly residents was highest in Outram, Downtown Core, Rochor, Queenstown, Bukit Merah, Toa Payoh and Kallang.

On the other hand, the number of children below five-years old was generally higher among Singapore residents living in newer estates.

Last year, HDB four-room units were the most common types of homes accounting for 32 percent of households, followed by five-room and executive flats accounting for 25 percent, while three-roomers contributed 20 percent.

At the same time, condominiums and private flats formed another 11 percent.

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