Singapore's Total Population Grew Around 1.1% a Year During 2010-2020

Singapore's total population grew around 1.1% a year between 2010 and 2020, the Department of Statistics said in a press release Wednesday.

Its citizen population increased to 3.52 million in 2020 from 3.23 million in 2010, while the permanent resident population remained stable around 500,000, data from the "Census of Population 2020" showed. The ethnic composition of the resident population was steady, with 74.3% Chinese, 13.5% Malays and 9.0% Indians in 2020.

Between 2010 and 2020, the proportion of singles among residents aged 25-29 years rose from 74.6% to 81.6% for males, and from 54.0% to 69.0% for females. Similarly, the proportion of singles among those aged 30-34 years rose from 37.1% to 41.9% for males and from 25.1% to 32.8% for females between 2010 and 2020.

Females generally had fewer children in 2020 than in 2010, with the average number of children born to resident ever- married females aged 40-49 years falling to 1.76 per female in 2020 from 2.02 per female in 2010, the Statistics Department said.

The education profile of the resident population improved between 2010 and 2020. Among residents aged 25 years and over in 2020, 58.3% achieved post-secondary or higher qualifications, up from 46.5% in 2010. The literacy rate stayed high at 97.1% in 2020.

Singapore continued to be religiously diverse. Among residents aged 15 years and over in 2020, 31.1% identified themselves as Buddhists, 8.8% as Taoists, 18.9% as Christians, 15.6% as Muslims and 5.0% as Hindus, the data showed.

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