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Cuba census - 11.2 million people in Cuba today

Posted November 13, 2005 by publisher in Cuba Culture.
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By VANESSA ARRINGTON | ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

Cuba is home to some 11.2 million residents, three-quarters of whom live in urban areas, according to the communist island’s third census since the 1959 revolution that launched Fidel Castro to power.

The census, taken three years ago and presented to officials this week, showed Cuba’s population grew by almost 1.5 million since the last census in 1981, according to the Communist Party daily Granma.

It was not clear why it took three years to report the data compiled in September 2002.

The average age of Cubans is 35, though nearly 15 percent of the population is aged 60 or older, state-run newspapers reported Saturday, citing the census results.

The population is split equally by gender, but Juan Carlos Alfonso, who directed the census, predicted that women will be the majority on the island within a few years, according to Juventud Rebelde, Cuba’s communist youth newspaper.

An increasing number of Cubans are of mixed ethnicities, with a quarter classified as mestizo in the survey.

There is electricity in about 95 percent of all homes, while 96 percent of households have cooking facilities. The census found there are slightly more than three people per household on the island.

News reports showed that nearly all Cubans took part in the census survey, put together and processed by about 95,000 workers. A digital version of the results was distributed to Cuban ministers and government organizations.

Member Comments

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On November 14, 2005, waldo wrote:

This means 11.2 million human rights violations by Washington’ bloqueo.

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On March 01, 2006, Jorge Bravo wrote:

This means 11.2 milion Cubans who want to live in Miami.

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On August 18, 2006, getalife wrote:

any more close minded egocentric comments?...what it really means is the population isnt growing much…as a demographic shift has taken place as predicted…

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On October 16, 2006, Jennifer wrote:

I came from their about 2 weeks ago to visit my god mother and i have to tell ya,it’s mostly whiteys. Not sure about cuba though,but most cubans down here are white (not the african kind). Why don’t the whiteys in cuba participate in any of the surveys?

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On January 07, 2007, kinkysexslave wrote:

what is the current legal population in Havana, Cuba?

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On January 07, 2007, publisher wrote:

I think the city has 1.1 million people but the province as a whole has just over 2 million.

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On October 17, 2007, justin wrote:

what is the ratio of street sweepers (people who’s job it is to clean the streets) to doctors in cuba? no joke, i’m doing a school paper for sociology on the functionalists’ perspectives and why not all people are motivated to go through years of school just for money. thanks much….

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On October 17, 2007, publisher wrote:

Anyone going to any school in Cuba for any amount of years is not motivated by money. Actually, no one really gets paid in Cuba so you might want to look at workers in a different country.

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On October 18, 2007, manfredz wrote:

Actually those working in the tourist industry having direct contact with the tourists and getting tips in CUC get paid not bad at all.  The resort room cleaning ladies and bartenders etc may make more in a day than a doctor or engineer makes in a year.  Thats part of the economic and social problem facing Cuba.

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On October 21, 2007, justin wrote:

you misunderstood me, i’m not concerned with the amount people are paid in cuba. i’m interested in the amount of people that are street sweepers. many in a capitalistic society would say that in a communist country there’s no motivation in becoming a doctor, when one can earn the same pay (street sweeper per say). i understand nationalism and motivation to serve for humanity, but arguing this all to capitalists is rather hard without actual numbers, hence my need for the ratio of street sweepers (or whatever you woud call the person who cleans the streets) to doctors.