Okinawa’s population up to 1.414 million in April, 2014

May 1, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The estimated population of Okinawa as of April 1, 2014, has reached 1,414,148, according to statistics published on April 30 by the Okinawa Prefectural Government. The figures showed a decrease of 5,856 people from the previous month this year, but it marked a rise of 6,014 people in Okinawa compared with the same month the previous year. Okinawa’s population has increased by 21, 330 people in comparison with that of the Population Census 2010.

Compared with the same month the previous year, the northern area of the main island showed an increase of 0.08 percent to 127,693 people. The central area had an increase of 0.39 percent to 608,041 people. In the southern area, there was an increase of 1.23 percent to 254,906 people. Naha, the capital city, showed an increase of 0.25 percent to 319,680 people. Meanwhile, in the Miyako Islands the population decreased by 0.47 percent to 52,274 people. Yaeyama Islands had a decrease of 0.21 percent to 51,554 people.

Zamami Village showed an increase of 2.99 percent, which was the highest growth rate of all municipalities, followed by Taketomi Town with an increase of 2.28 percent. In some remote islands, the population decreased. Aguni Village showed a decrease of 4.51 percent, the prefecture’s biggest decrease, followed by Tarama Village with a decrease of 3.12 percent.

(English translation by T&CT)

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