The population of Mauritius continues to grow steadily with the latest population estimates hitting one of its highest figures ever.
According to a report released by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) as of July 1, 2002, the population of the Republic of Mauritius was estimated at 1,210,492, of whom 599,358 were males and 611,134 females.
The CSO found population growth during the period July 2001 to June 2002 to be around 0.9% based on a population of 1,200,170 at mid-2001.
The population grew at a rate of 0.9%, rising from 1,163,875 (576,672 males and 587,203 females) in mid-2001 to 1,174,028 (581,276 males and 592,752 females) in mid-2002. Over the same period, the population of Rodrigues grew at a lower rate of 0.5% from 36,006 (17,818 males and 18,188 females) to 36,175 (17,889 males and 18,286 females). The population of the outer islands (Agalega and Saint Brandon) is estimated at around 289 (193 males and 96 females).
The Republic of Mauritius, with a total land area of 2,040 square kilometres, had a population density of around 593 in mid-2002.
The CSO also found that the population increased by 5,945 people due to natural increase during the first semester of 2002, while 1,130 left the country to settle abroad.
As regards live births, some 10,096 were registered in the Republic of Mauritius for the first semester of 2002, representing a 0.7% decrease compared to the same period in 2001 (10,165).
In its report, the CSO also says that a total of 4,151 deaths were registered in the Republic of Mauritius during the first six months of 2002 compared to 3,781 during the same period in 2001, a 9.8% increase.
Meanwhile, the CSO points out that fewer Mauritians are getting married. A total of 4,534 marriages were registered in the Republic of Mauritius during the first semester of 2002, representing a 3.5% decrease over the number registered during the same period in 2001 (4,698).