Census of Population & Dwellings 2011

The Cook Islands Census of Population and Dwellings is conducted every five years under the authority of the Statistics Act 1966. The census counts all persons present in the Cook Islands on census night, including visitors temporarily in the country. Cook Islanders who are abroad permanently or are temporarily on vacation abroad are excluded.

2011 Census of Population and Dwellings 
The 2011 Census was the ninth census of the Cook Islands population and dwellings. The census took place on 1 December, 2011 and the full report was published in December 2012. The tables below includes a brief snapshot of the total and resident populations from 2001 to 2011. The full report and accompanying excel tables can be downloaded below.

    Census Total Population 2001-2011
    2001 Census 2006 Census 2011 Census
  Total Male Female Total Male Female Total Male Female
  Cook Islands   18,027 9,300  8,727   19,342 9,816  9,526  17,794  8,815  8,979
  Rarotonga  12,188 6,258  5,930  13,890  7,030  6,860  13,095  6,460  6,635
  Southern Group  4,013 2,048  1,965  4,055  2,044  2,011  3,586  1,777  1,809
  Northern Group  1,826    994     832  1,397    742    655   1,113    578    535

 

*The total population includes all persons present at census night in the Cook Islands excluding residents away from the Cook Islands at the time of the census (even if they intended to be away only for a short time.

  Census Residents Population 2001-2011
  2001 census 2006 census 2011 census
  TOTAL Male Female TOTAL Male Female TOTAL Male Female
Cook Islands 14,990 7,738 7,252 15,324 7,822 7,502 14,974 7,409 7,484
Rarotonga 9,424 4,833 4,591 10,266 5,218 5,008 10,572 5,278 5,294
Southern Group 3,777 1,934 1,843 3,729 1,877 1,852 3,290 1,635 1,655
Northern Group 1,789    971    818 1,369    727    642 1,112    577    535

Source: Cook Islands Statistics Office

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