The Caribbean Community Council of Ministers, acting on the advice and recommendations of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS), in February 2000, approved the use of a regionally coordinated approach for the 2000 Round of Population and Housing Censuses. The strategy included an activity on the Analysis and Dissemination of Census Data and Results, which comprised the preparation of National Census Reports (NCRs) and Regional Special Topic Monographs (RSTMs).
Fourteen Member States and four Associate Members participated in the programme. The participation of these countries in the Regional Census programme was in recognition of the value and economy of regional co-operation and coordination in executing the Censuses and for the production of comparable, high quality socio-economic data, useful in planning, and improving the quality of life and in achieving overall progress of the peoples of the Region. The NCRs were undertaken by writers from the Region with experience in Demography, with two reviewers from the University of the West Indies (UWI) ensuring the soundness of the quality of the publications. On the basis of the review and comments by the respective National Statistical Offices and consultation with the writers and reviewers, the reports were finalised by the CARICOM Secretariat.
The first official census of Trinidad and Tobago was administered in 1851; and from that earlier time, decennial censuses were held until 1931 when it was attacked by the world wars. Thereafter, Trinidad and Tobago had conducted six censuses, including the first pre-war census in 1946, followed by a resumption of the decennial census in 1960. The conduct of each of these censuses had brought its own challenges as societal norms and values and country-specific socioeconomic conditions change. For instance, following demands associated with the rise in the standard of living of the society, as well as adhering to the United Nations recommendations on the modification of the census questionnaire design, the entire structure of the census was modified and for the first time in 1980, housing information was added to the general population profile questions.
The main objectives of the Census were as follows:
1) to determine the present size and the distribution of the population;
2) to review and document the present status of the population with regard to socioeconomic characteristics;
3) to view the trends and changes in the pattern of the population growth since the 1990 census;
4) to provide user-friendly and regular publication of results;
5) to present data both nationally and internationally for comparability;
6) to evaluate any qualitative change in selected socio-economic characteristics of the population;
7) to present general appraisals of some selected living and housing conditions in the country; and
8) to provide a comprehensive pool of information for policy-makers to be used as a tool for immediate and future planning purposes.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Unit of Analysis
- v01: Edited, anonymous dataset for public distribution.
The Trinidad and Tobago 2000 census focuses on national population trends: size, growth and distribution, population composition; marital status dynamics; population redistribution and patterns of migration; education and training; economic activity; housing and living arrangements; household heads; the elderly; gender and development issues; disability and health and fertility patterns.
Producers and sponsors
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
United Nations Population Fund
Canadian International Development Agency
CARICOM Capacity Development Programme
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Regional Statistics Sub-Programme
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. Trinidad and Tobago Population and Housing Census 2000. Ref. TTO_2000_PHC_v01_M. Dataset downloaded from www.measuredhs.com on [date]
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