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    Venezuelan Population Reaches 27.1 Million

    Published: 02/24/2012

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    According to the preliminary results of the 14th National Census of Population and Housing, conducted from September to November, 2011, Venezuela’s total current population is 27,150,095.

    For the 2011 census, 7,147,904 households were surveyed, for an average of 3.9 people per household. The census determined that Venezuela has 4 million more inhabitants than in 2001, when the last national census was conducted.

    During a press conference Thursday, the president of the National Institute of Statistics (INE), Elías Eljuri, said that the figure represents an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent, and that of the total population, 50.3 percent are women, while 49.9 percent are men.

    Eljuri said that 66.6 percent of the population is between 15 to 64 years old, 27.6 percent is under 15 years old, and 5.8 percent of the population is 65 years of age or older.

    The final census results are expected to be released in the coming months.

    UN Envoy Calls Venezuela’s Census “Spectacular”

    An envoy of the United Nations Development Program in Venezuela, Alfredo Missair, highlighted the advances of the Venezuelan census with regard to the incorporation of new technologies such as mobile devices used to collect data, which have accelerated and improved the delivery of results.

    Missair said: “The census places Venezuela among the most advanced countries in Latin America and the world since it is paperless, which is something spectacular. Firstly, it’s environmentally-friendly, and second, the information can be referenced geographically by municipality, parish or indigenous community, allowing for the collection of proper information on the situation of those populations.”

    AVN / Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / February 23, 2012

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