2011 Tokelau Census tables
The 2011 Tokelau Census of Population and Dwellings was held on 18 October 2011. This page provides tables about the people and dwellings counted in the 2011 Tokelau Census. See the ‘Available files’ section of this page to download the Excel files.
The tables are grouped by topic. Six sets of tables are available. They cover the following topics:
- economic activity and employment
- social profile
- dwellings and household.
Population count definitions
The tables use three different population concepts. These are: the de jure usually resident population, the usually resident population present in Tokelau on census night, and the census night population.
De jure usually resident population
The de jure population count consists of the usually resident population present in Tokelau on census night plus usual residents who were temporarily overseas at the time of the census. This includes Tokelauan Tokelau Public Service employees based in Apia and their immediate families.
Usually resident population present in Tokelau on census night
The usually resident population present in Tokelau on census night is a count of all people who usually live in Tokelau, and were present in Tokelau on census night. This count excludes visitors from overseas and residents who were temporarily overseas on census night.
Residents who were away from their usual address (ie on another atoll), but were in Tokelau on census night are counted as part of the population of the atoll where they usually live. This ensures they form part of the usually resident population present in Tokelau on census night for their home atoll.
Census night population
The census night population count gives a snapshot of the population at a point in time. It is the number of people at the place where they were interviewed on census night. This count includes overseas visitors as well as visitors from elsewhere in Tokelau. It excludes Tokelau residents temporarily overseas.
Notes about the data
The Tokelau population has a unique composition. A significant proportion of the population temporarily leaves the islands (eg for healthcare, education). In 2011, core demographic information for people who usually live in Tokelau but were away on census night was completed on their behalf by the head of the household.
Comparison of absentee numbers over two censuses is limited as the number of people absent from Tokelau continually fluctuates. Appropriate population measures were developed for the 2006 Tokelau Census to ensure all usual residents were counted – including those who were not present in Tokelau on census night. This methodology was repeated for 2011.
Users of Tokelau census data can be confident about comparing census data between 2006 and 2011. However, final population and dwelling count comparisons are not recommended before 2006. Inconsistencies in collection methodology and population count calculations mean data from censuses earlier than 2006 is not directly comparable with 2011 census data.
The downloadable files are in Excel format. If you do not have access to Excel, you may use the Excel file viewer to view, print, and export the contents of the file.
Published: 31 January 2012
Updated: 8 February 2012
Updated 21 February 2012