April 2011 census results not ready until “early next year”

POSTED: 12/28/11 12:21 PM

St. Maarten – The results of the 2011 census will become available early next year,” a spokeswoman for the Statistics Bureau told this newspaper yesterday.
The census took place from April 9 to 17 this year and was announced with much ado by a marketing bureau as a chance for the population to say, “Count us in.”
“Census 2011 will give St. Maarten a voice that should be exercised to inform our government and community how the population’s lives and needs have changed, so that government can optimize its resources to accommodate the demands of the population and determine how to plan for the future of St. Maarten. This is our residents’ chance to say “Count us in,” the marketing bureau said in April.

But after the census was completed, it became silent around the project. The data collected include housing, demographics, migration, economic activity, education, residence, disabilities, birthplace, language, occupation, fertility, marital status, crime, transportation, and income.
The marketing bureau said in April that the information is crucial for policy-making, research, planning, school projects and administrative purposes. The bureau even added, “Participating in Census 2011 will help decision makers increase the standard of living for everyone residing on the island and better understand how to solve existing concerns that will help create a stronger Country St. Maarten.”

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