March 26, 2011, 0:00 hours marked the census moment of the Fifth Population and Housing Census held in Curaçao, ten years after the previous census. Back in 2001, the census was taken for the Netherlands Antilles, which dissolved into the countries of Curaçao and St. Maarten, and the special overseas municipal bodies of the Netherlands: Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, on October 10, 2010.

During the nine days following the census moment, about 2100 interviewers set about covering the 444 km2 that comprise Curaçao to reach all persons living in every household on the island. Each person was questioned on various topics, including demographic characteristics, health, education, labor and income, among other things, while for each household a separate household form had to be filled out on the specific characteristics of the household’s living accommodations.

All the information collected during this short period was scanned, coded, verified, edited and entered into a comprehensive database. The resulting database contains a huge amount of data, which serves as a valuable data source for the construction of many tables on population and housing characteristics, as well as analyses on the various topics covered by the questionnaires.

For more information about the history, legislation and organization of the Census please visit the page: Methods/Surveys/Census 2011