The Central Statistical Bureau announced the primary results of the population and facilities census that was conducted last year, where the total number of people in Kuwait reached 3.6 million.
The bureau’s manager Abdullah Sahar said before a workshop that the average population growth rate according to nationalities between the censuses in 2005 and 2011 reached 5.4 percent. He added that the growth rate of Kuwaitis is 3.3 percent and for non-Kuwaitis is 6.7 percent. He added that the number of Kuwaitis is 1,089,969 (35.5 percent) while the number of non-Kuwaitis reached 1,975,881 (64.4 percent).
He noted that the population of Farwaniya Governorate was the highest among all governorates with a total of 325,513, while Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate was the least with a population of 258,813. He added that the number of males in all governorates is higher than the number of females, and remarked that Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate is the only governorate that has more Kuwaitis than non-Kuwaitis.
Al-Ahmadi Governorate has the most Kuwaitis living in it (229,322) while Kuwait City has the least number of Kuwaitis (146,945). Farwaniya Governorate has the highest number of non-Kuwaitis (602,346) and Kuwait City has the least number of non-Kuwaitis (179,568).
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Planning Affairs and Development and Minister of Public Works Fadhil Safar stressed that the development plan cannot succeed without figures and historic datum to support it. He added that the bureau was established a long time ago and has been providing Kuwait with data.
He explained that the census was conducted through advanced technology, such as geographic information systems to allow Kuwaitis and non-Kuwaitis to register their data online. He noted that the received data is carefully analyzed scientifically, and the Cabinet agreed to publish its results. He remarked that the bureau uses scientific methods that are derived from international standards, where the statistics are thoroughly studied, and the numbers have been revised by international experts.