Singapore

More births, more marriages, more elderly in Singapore

More bundles of joy? More hook-ups? Here’s a snapshot of last year’s numbers released by the national population and talent Division yesterdaya

MORE BIRTHS

For the second straight year, more Singaporean babies were born.

Last year, there were 33,725 citizen babies - up from 33,193 in 2014.

The SG50 births last year was the highest in more than a decade, even higher than the Dragon Year in 2012.

MORE MARRIAGES

The number of citizen marriages (marriages involving at least one citizen) in the last two years was the highest in more than a decade - 23,805last year, which is well above the decade's average of about 21,900.

MORE ELDERLY

The proportion of Singaporeans aged 65 and above went from 13.1 per cent last year to 13.7 per cent this year as more post-war baby boomers entered their silver years.

MORE MAIDS

The non-resident population grew by 2.5 per cent to 1.67 million, with stronger growth in the number of foreign domestic workers and dependants of Singaporeans.

FEWER MIXED MARRIAGES

While transnational marriages made up more than a third of citizen marriages last year, the proportion, 36 per cent, was the lowest in a decade.

SMALLER RISE IN FOREIGN WORKERS

Excluding foreign domestic workers, the number of foreigners working here rose by 27,000 from June 2015 to June 2016, compared to a 77,000 increase from June 2011 to June 2012.

STABLE FERTILITY RATE

Resident total fertility rate remained relatively flat at 1.24, with slight improvements in the rate among Malays and Indians.

LOW GROWTH RATES

Population growth rates remained relatively stable. Between June last year and this year, the population grew by 1.3 per cent to 5.61 million, with 3.41 million citizens and 520,000 permanent residents.

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