Local July 11, 2023 | 8:43 am

The population of the Dominican Republic has grown around 11.7 times in almost 100 years

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Santo Domingo.- The population of the Dominican Republic has experienced significant growth since the first national census was conducted. From the initial census in 1921, which counted approximately 895,000 people, to the most recent census in 2010, the population has grown around 11.7 times its original size.

In the 1920s, under the governance of General Thomas Snowden, the first national census was ordered, revealing a population of around 895,000 Dominicans. Over the following years, successive censuses showed a rapid increase in the Dominican population, reaching over one million people during the rule of Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina.

By the time of the 2010 census, conducted during the last term of government under Leonel Fernández, the population had reached 10 million people.

In November 2022, the Tenth National Population and Housing Census was conducted. However, the official results are still pending. The National Statistics Office (ONE) announced that the post-registration stage would conclude by the end of the first quarter of 2023, with preliminary results expected to be available in the third quarter.

The ONE reported the successful completion of the initial post-registration stage, which involved reviewing and integrating the census database. They are now focused on evaluating the coverage and quality of the census in preparation for the release of preliminary results.

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Paul Tierney
July 11, 2023 9:24 am

What is in store for the future when the country’s size cannot support the population? Wonder if there is a formula that shows when this will happen?

Deivy Campusano
July 11, 2023 10:32 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Dominican Republic is not yet anywhere near as densely populated as other island nations like Sri Lanka or Indonesia. Also, the fact that many Dominicans immigrate and live abroad I think helps to alleviate environmental pressures and overcrowdedness. Although I am also curious to know what the future of the country will be like when it reaches a population of 17-20M inhabitants…

Adrian Diaz
July 11, 2023 3:23 pm

Currently the United Nations has the Dominican Republic probably peaking at like 13,000,000 by 2050 and then declining steadily after that.

That probably all assumes current levels of immigration and emigration. It is possible that issues in the region may effect population growth.

Adrian Diaz
July 11, 2023 10:11 am

I would say that it has grown more, but many Dominicans now live abroad. If you add in the diaspora it is probably closer to 12 or 13.