19 February 2011

Will We Recognise the Singapore of the Future?

Citizens, permanent residents and non-residents [1]

The numbers do not include Malaysians living in Johor, Malaysia, and commuting daily to work in Singapore.

The sudden and rapid influx of permanent residents (i.e., nationals of another country) and foreign workers has changed the nature of the small city state of Singapore.

Residents born outside Singapore [2]
Among residents aged 15 years and older as at June 2010 —
  • 75.2 per cent were born in Singapore.
  • 11.4 per cent were born in Malaysia.
  • 5.1 per cent were born in China, Hong Kong or Macau.
  • 8.3 per cent were born in other countries.
Among residents aged 15 years and older born in Malaysia —
  • The ratio of females to males was 136:100.
  • 25.6 per cent could speak the Chinese language only.
Among residents aged 15 years and older born in China, Hong Kong or Macau —
  • The ratio of females to males was 142:100.
  • 37.3 per cent could speak the Chinese language only.

Population density
The population density was 7,022 per square kilometre in 2009.  The population density in 2010 is estimated to be 7,147 per square kilometre.

There were 11.6 million international visitor arrivals in 2010.  Based on 45.6 million visitor days, there were on average 125 thousand international visitors in Singapore every day. [3]

Overseas Singaporeans [4]
As at 30 June 2009, there were 180,700 Singaporeans who were overseas for a cumulative period of six months or more in the preceding 12 months.

Marriages [5]
26,081 marriages were registered in 2009.

22,060 were registered under the Women's Charter.

4,021 were registered under the Administration of Muslim Law Act.

Marriages between residents and foreigners
20,620 resident marriages, being those in which either the brides or the grooms were citizens or permanent residents, were registered under the Women's Charter in 2009.  (The number of resident marriages registered under the Administration of Muslim Law Act in 2009 was not published.)

Among the 21,667 marriages registered in 2009 in which at least the brides or the grooms were citizens [4]
  • In 59.2 per cent of the marriages, both the brides and the grooms were citizens.
  • In 31.8 per cent of the marriages, only the grooms were citizens.
  • In 9.0 per cent of the marriages, only the brides were citizens.
  • In 10.6 per cent of the marriages, the non-citizen brides or grooms were permanent residents.
  • 3.0 per cent of non-citizen brides were from outside Asia.
  • 33.3 per cent of non-citizen grooms were from outside Asia.
Inter-ethnic group marriages
Marriages between individuals of different ethnic backgrounds accounted for —
  • 18.4 per cent of marriages registered.
  • 15.7 per cent of marriages registered under the Women's Charter.
  • 32.8 per cent of marriages registered under the Administration of Muslim Law Act.

Births [6][7]
Of the 37,978 live births registered in 2010 —
  • In 54.6 per cent, both parents were citizens.
  • In 79.4 per cent, at least one parent was a citizen.
Of the 39,570 live births were registered in 2009 —
  • 36,925, or 93.3 per cent, were resident births.
  • In 55.7 per cent of total births, both parents were citizens.
  • In 80.4 per cent of total births, at least one parent was a citizen.

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Notes:

A Singapore resident is defined as either a citizen or a permanent resident.

1.  Estimates of Singapore's population by Department of Statistics from 2003 onwards exclude Singapore citizens and permanent residents who have been away from Singapore for a continuous period of 12 months or longer as at the reference period.

2.  Census of Population 2010.  Statistical Release 1: Demographic Characteristics, Education, Language and Religion.

3.  "Tourism Performance for Jan-Dec 2010", Singapore Tourism Board.

Visitor days are the total number of days that international visitors stay in Singapore, whose main purpose of visit is other than the exercise of an activity remunerated from within Singapore.

Visitor Days = International Visitor Arrivals x Average Length of Stay.

4.  Population in Brief 2010.

5.  "Statistics on Marriages and Divorces 2009" Department of Statistics.

6.  Singapore Demographic Bulletin December 2010.

7.  Population Trends 2010.

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