The Census of Population and Housing 2021 will be held on Sunday 21 November 2021. The Census is a nationwide project held every ten years and is a comprehensive survey that aims to enumerate all usual residents in Malta. The 2021 edition will be the eighteenth in a line of national censuses conducted since 1842. The Census is a snapshot of the people residing in Malta and the dwelling stock at a point in time. This point is the aforementioned 21 November 2021, and all data collected will be as at midnight of 20/21 November. In census terminology this date is called Census Day/Night.
In October 2019, Mr Etienne Caruana, Director General of the National Statistics Office, was appointed Census Officer by the Prime Minister. The Census Officer is in charge of the preparations for Census 2021 and deals with all related matters. To help him in this project, the Census Officer appointed Mr Silvan Zammit, Director Data Capability and Mr Matthew Zerafa, Director Social Statistics, as Deputy Census Officers.
Census 2021 will involve surveying an estimated population of around half a million living in private households and approximately 300 institutional households. The entire population spread over 68 local councils will be evenly divided into around 1,000 enumeration areas. An enumeration area consists of several streets or parts thereof in a locality and typically encompasses an average of 220 dwellings. The enumeration areas will be assigned to about 1,000 enumerators recruited purposely for the Census. They will be tasked with collecting the data directly from the households. Census 2021 will mark the introduction of important innovations. In line with both Government and NSO policy in adopting environment-friendly measures as well as to automate the collection of data, for the first time, people can opt to fill in the questionnaire online.
Census Infographic (Updated: 10 May 2021)
The 2011 Census of Population and Housing was the seventeenth census to be carried out in Malta since 1842. The publications below provide detailed results emerging from the data collected through the census carried out in Malta on 20 November 2011. They provide definitive statistics on the demographic and social status of residents and households, including information on housing and amenities at a national, regional and local level.
The 2011 census was part of a European Union‐wide exercise, since all Member States conducted their own national censuses in line with European legislation. In fact, its legal basis is twofold: the Maltese Census Act of 1948 and Regulation 763/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council. This Regulation establishes common rules for the provision of comprehensive data on population and housing every ten years by the EU Member States. In view of this, the data from the 2011 Census are comparable across the EU.
The 2005 Census of Population and Housing was the sixteenth census to be carried out in Malta since 1842. The publications below provide detailed results emerging from the data collected through the census carried out in Malta on 27 November 2005.
The preliminary report provides a snapshot of the resident population on census day. Volume 1 on Population and Volume 2 on Dwellings build upon this outline and present the full results.