Singapore: Singapore registered a lower
population growth this year due to the slower growth in the
number of permanent residents and non-residents, a government
report has said.
The release of the 2010 Population Census, by the
Department of Statistics (DOS) said Singapore`s total
population grew 1.8 per cent to 5.08 million at the end of
The number of permanent residents grew by 1.5 per
cent, down from at least six per cent growth annually, between
2005 and 2009.
Growth in the number of non-residents also slowed to
4.1 per cent, down from the peaks of 15 per cent in 2007 and
19 per cent in 2008.
The number of Singapore citizens increased by 0.9 per
cent between 2009 and 2010.
DOS said the resident population has grown older, with
the median age going up to 37.4 years this year from 34 years
The inflow of permanent residents has reduced the pace
In 2010, the old-age support ratio for the resident
population was 8.2, higher than the old-age support ratio of
7.2 for the citizen population.
The old-age ratio is the number of persons aged 15 to
64 years per elderly persons aged 65 years and over.