Conducting a census of population and housing is the national statistical office’s most comprehensive and expensive activity. The census provides a snapshot of a country and its population at a given point in time. In Antigua and Barbuda, this point in time is called Census Night. Almost every country in the world regularly conducts a census to collect important social and economic information about its inhabitants.
In Antigua and Barbuda, a census is taken every 10 years to produce comparable information at a fixed interval. The latest census was conducted by the Statistics Division in May 2011. The main objective of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (Census 2011) was to produce housing, demographic and social data that government, researchers, and regional and international stakeholders can use to develop effective policies, plans and programmes.
Results from Census 2011 updated and built on the Statistics Division’s already existing chronological series of data on the population’s size, composition, characteristics, income and on housing in the country―essential information for economic and social development. This data is accessible via REDATAM.
REtrieval of DATa for small Areas by Microcomputer (REDATAM) is a friendly and interactive tool that facilitates the processing, analysis and web dissemination of information from population censuses, surveys, administrative records, national/regional indicators and any other sources.
It enables statistical offices to offer their users an online, interactive tool for querying census and survey microdata. Users can obtain cross-tabulations, indicators, graphs and maps processed rapidly from microdata in real time. The microdata is held on a secure server (users query the microdata but can’t see it). This software was developed by ECLAC.