Population growth rate confirmed down by almost half

His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba officially launched the Namibia 2011 Population and Housing Census Basic Report while National Planning Commission Director General Tom Alweendo guides the procedures (Photograph by Hilma Hashange)The country’s population growth rate has depreciated from 2.6 % during the first decade of Independence to 1.4 % from 2001 to 2011. This is according to statistics listed in the 2011 Namibia Population and Housing Census Basic Report launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Wednesday.
The report futher revealed that Namibia’s population in 1991 stood at 1.4 million and grew to 1.8 million in 2001. The population now stands at just over 2.1 million as indicated by the 2011 census conducted from 26 August to 15 September 2011. This is an increase of only 282,747 people between 2001 and 2011.
The region with the highest population density is Khomas with over 342,141 heads counted during the 2011 census period while Omaheke is the least populated region with only 71,233.
The regional growth rate indicates that both the Erongo and Khomas regions’ populations have rapidly increased.
In the last decade, Erongo reported a population of 107,663 in 2001 that jumped to 150,809 in 2011. Khomas had a population of 250,262 in 2001 escalating to 342,141 by 2011.
According to Dr. John Steytler, Statistician General of Namibia Statistics Agency, the increase in the two regions was mainly brought on by mining and fishing sectors in Erongo and the industrialisation in the Khomas Region.