According to Otto O'Neal, director of the BVI Development Planning Unit, the census usually is taken every 10 years, but the Caribbean fell behind.
The latest census actually was due in 2000.
In the BVI
, the initial field work for the census was done between April and May 2001.
said, census takers noticed discrepancies from previous years when studying the data.He
said some areas registered no growth where there was obvious growth, such as in East End, Tortola, and The Valley, Virgin Gorda. O'Neal
said the problem arose when previous census takers could not find residents at home and did not return to complete field work.
"Between then and now, we've been editing and ensuring, for example, that we had no pregnant males or 10-year-olds with a college degree," O'Neal
The process also involved an analysis of the data, he
said that he
received the summary of the final report on Thursday and that a document is being prepared for submission to the Executive Council.
Following Executive Council approval, the report will be taken to the Legislative Council.After passing that stage, it becomes a public document. O'Neal
said the entire process likely will be finished by June.
The 1991 population of the BVI
stood at less than 17,000.The 2001 figure, not yet officially released, rose to 23,300. O'Neal
said the yearly population estimate - plus or minus 700 people - is taken at midyear.It takes into consideration immigration data, labor statistics, number of births and number of deaths, Social Security information, entry records for the school system and other data."The 2005 population is therefore estimated to be around 27,000," O'Neal