The objectives of the Kiribati Census changed over time shifting from earlier years where they were essentially household registrations and counts, to now where a national population census stands supreme as the most valuable single source of statistical data for Kiribati.

Census data is now widely used to evaluate:

  • The availability of basic household needs in key sectors, to identify disadvantaged areas and help set priorities for action
  • Benefits of development programmes in particular areas, such as literacy, employment and family planning;
  • In addition, census data is useful to asses manpower resources, identify areas of social concern and for the improvement in the social and economic status of women by giving more information and formulating housing policies and programmes and investment of development funds.

The census objective is to make a quick and sweeping count to avoid double counting—or under-counting for that matter. This is the main reason why the questions are often restricted to a manageable size—i.e. not to wantonly list any question one thinks of.

The whole purpose of the questionnaire design is to ensure the most needed questions are asked, in addition to the count, structure and distribution of the population.

Full documentation is available in the Pacific Data Hub Microdata Library:

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Population and Housing Census 2010

One of the main sources of demographic and social-economic statistics in Kiribati is the population and housing census. Kiribati has been carrying out population and housing censuses in a “modern sense” at intervals of about five years since 1985. This 2010 Census is the first census to use the GPS to plot the positions of the households.

Census Tables from 1968 to 2010

General Census tables from 1968 until 2010 are now available here for download. Topics included in tables: Population by agePopulation by genderPopulation by relationshipEthnicityMarital statusSingulate mean age at marriageFather and Mother Vital status per...

Demographic and Health Survey 2009

The 2009 Kiribati Demographic and Health Survey was the first survey in phase two of Pacific DHS Project with funding support from ADB. The primary objective of this survey was to provide up-to-date information for policy-makers, planners, researchers and programme...

Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2006

The purpose of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) survey is to obtain information on the income, consumption pattern, incidence of poverty, and saving propensities for different groups of people in Kiribati.

Population and Housing Census 2005

The primary objective of the Census is to determine the official count of the number of persons and households in Kiribati in 2005 and can be used to compare their socio-economic characteristics with those 5 years ago collected in the 2000 Population Census