Yesterday, Singapore’s population agency released the newest set of figures on Singapore’s population covering the calendar year of 2014.
Population has always been a big recurring topic in Singapore. It was a big topic during the elections last month and if social media and online forums are to be believed, it remains one of the hottest topics of discussion. After all, almost everything in Singapore is somehow linked to population growth.
So, after taking a long look through the statistics presented by the NPTD, here’s what we think are some interesting facts about the Singapore population.
There are more females than males in Singapore
Yes, there are actually more female Singapore citizens than males. According to the Department of Statistics’ data for June 2015, there are 1.678 million male Singapore citizens and 1.696 females. But interestingly, this trend does not apply across all age groups and ethnic groups. There are actually more younger males (less than 35 years old) than female. Also, Malays and Indians tend to have a larger proportion of males.
There are more people on this island of ours
The total population of Singapore did increase by about 1.2%, which is the slowest in more than 10 years. This was actually powered by 33,193 citizen births (basically, children with at least one citizen parent) in 2014 and around 23,000 foreigners coming here to work. And well, fair to say, the number of foreigners coming in has slowed significantly since its heights around 2011.
But something to be happy about is that the number of citizen births is similar to that of the 2012 Dragon year and is one of the highest numbers over the last 10 years. Even more reason to celebrate is the fact that the increase in births was across all racial groups. Surprisingly, Chinese Singaporeans (who usually have the lowest birth rates), had quite a good increase, especially since last year was the less-than-auspicious Horse year.
Not all new citizens can vote
This was actually a lot of speculation on this in the aftermath of the elections, with some saying the entire result was swung by “new citizens”. Well, the largest proportion of new citizens (37.5%) in 2014 were actually 20 years and below and could not vote in the first place. This, of course, does not mean that every year is the same but just some food for thought.
There are many citizen-non-citizen marriages
Another reason to cheer is there were more marriages in 2014 than 2013. Of the 28,407 marriages last year, around 15,000 of those were between citizens. But a large portion of close to 37% were actually between citizens and foreigners. That was actually unexpected. So the next time you complain about a foreigner you see on the road, it could very well be a Singaporean’s wife.