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2022 population count falls short of 400,000 as Statistical Institute charts aging, sex gap

Posted: Monday, April 8, 2024. 10:52 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Statistical Institute of Belize counted Belize’s population in 2022 at 397,483, a difference of nearly 75 thousand from the 2010 figure.

It was revealed at the launch of the 2022 Population and Housing Census results that Belize’s population is starting to age as fertility rates slow, while women have become the majority of the population, reversing the sex gap in 40 years from 1980.

The Stann Creek District saw the largest population growth of 40 percent, but Belize and Cayo Districts remain the most populated districts.

From a 50-50 split in 2010 when just three more males were counted than females, Belize’s male population fell to 49.2 percent of the total (195,695) compared to 201,789 females.

The national median age is 25, with fewer child dependents (those under 14) and slightly more old age dependents (persons over 65). 

By ethnic group, Mestizo/Hispanics account for 51.7 percent of the national population.

 

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