Okinawa’s population estimated to exceed 1.4 million

Okinawa’s population estimated to exceed 1.4 million

August 31, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

According to population estimates published by the Statistics Division of the Okinawa Prefectural Government on August 31, as of August 1, Okinawa’s population had reached 1400171 people. This figure is based on a survey of the increases and decreases in the Basic Resident Register. A total of 871 people have been added since the previous month, with 8429 since the same month of the previous year. There are 543992 households in total. The increase is 883 households over the previous month and 10090 more households over the same time of the previous year. While the population of the entire country has demonstrated a downward trend since 2009, the population of Okinawa has consistently increased since the end of war. The prefecture’s population has now topped 1.4 million, 13 years since it reached 1.3 million in November, 1998.

With regard to the population of individual municipalities, the highest growth rate since last year is in Yonabaru Town up to 4.6%, followed by Tokashiki Village which is up to 2.6 %, and Nakagusuku Village, up to 2.3%. Meanwhile, the highest rate of decline since last year is Izena Village, which is down 3.8 %, followed by Iheya Village, down 3.6 % and Tarama Village, down 3.3%.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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