Guyana Census 2012 highlights decline in main ethnic populations

Guyana Census 2012 highlights decline in main ethnic populations


The Bureau of Statistics announced, on July 18, its publications of Compendiums One and Two further detailing the findings of the 2012 Census.

This recent publication, Compendium Two, was disseminated earlier this month. It provides further information about the country’s population composition in terms of Ethnicity, Age structure, Dependency Ratios & Religion.  

Additionally new information about the population trends such as national population size by Region and population growth patterns are also detailed in this latest publication.

In accordance with its commitment to disseminate the Report from June, the Methodological Note on the final Census count and Compendium One were disseminated on the Bureau’s Website in May and June 2016 respectively.

The findings of the Census highlight a continued proportionate decline in the populations of the main ethnic groups and a compensatory increase among the Mixed-race and Amerindians\Indigenous populations.

The final population count stands at 746,955 persons. Nevertheless, the distribution pattern of the ethnic groups has still remained unaffected since the 2002 Census with Indo-Guyanese remaining as the largest group followed by those of African Heritage, the Mixed Race, the Amerindians\Indigenous peoples and the Portuguese, respectively.

2.1.1 Ethnic Distribution and Growth

  • The East Indians are the largest ethnic group, and presently comprise 39.8 percent (297,493), down from 43.4 percent at the 2002 Census.
  • They are followed by persons of African Heritage (29.2 percent), down from 30.2 percent.
  • The third in rank are those of Mixed Heritage (19.9 percent) up from 16.7 percent in 2002 Census. This group continued to be a significantly growing group over the past three decades, a similarity of trend noted for the
  • Amerindian group at present comprising 10.5 percent of the population.
  • The smallest groups are the Whites (0.06 percent or 415 persons), the Chinese (0.18 percent or 1377 persons), and the Portuguese (0.26 percent or 1910 persons) respectively in that ascending ranking order. A small group (0.03 percent or 253 persons) when asked did not identify with any of the listed race/ethnic groups (Figure 2.1 and Table 2.1).

The Final Report for the 2012 Census will be disseminated in four main Compendiums. The upcoming Compendium Three analyses the important Economic Activity profile of the population and will be disseminated by the end of August.

The final Compendium which will address the remaining key Topics such as Education, Fertility, Mortality and Housing will be disseminated by end of November. Additionally, a table module with data from other interesting topic areas will also be disseminated with Compendium 4.

A plethora of information with accompanying tables is now available for all types of users. The Compendiums are available for free download on the Bureau’s web site

Welcome from Statistics Guyana:

Welcome to the official website of the Guyana Bureau of Statistics (BoS). The website is aimed at providing easy access to statistical data collected and analysed by the Bureau.

Reports and Publications

Population & Housing Census 2012 – Compendium Two – Population Composition: Ethnicity, Age Structure & Religion  more

Population & Housing Census 2012 – Compendium One – National Population Trends: National Size and Growth   more

Population & Housing Census 2012 – Final Population Count – This extract contains basic tables on the final results of the Population Count. more


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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 07/20/2016 at 1:07 pm

    The greatest growth is among people of mixed heritage. Integration of the ethnic groups creeps forward.

  • Thinker  On 07/22/2016 at 10:27 am

    Have no illusions. That is not integration. Some look at it as a subversion of identity.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/22/2016 at 5:20 pm

    I am all for subverting this nonsense about ethnicity and race in Guyana. There are a lot of things that are uniquely Guyanese about us – until the islands wake up and get on-board, I suspect we will have to wait on the effects of climate change to motivate our asses to recognizing that we could be unbeatable together.

    The United States of America and the European Union are falling apart – that White Supremacist fool mindset is growing old and tired.

    Is that the identity the “mixed heritage” in Guyana is subverting – I wonder???

  • Gigi  On 08/15/2016 at 9:11 pm

    The smallest groups are the Whites (0.06 percent or 415 persons), the Chinese (0.18 percent or 1377 persons), and the Portuguese (0.26 percent or 1910 persons) respectively in that ascending ranking order. A small group (0.03 percent or 253 persons) when asked did not identify with any of the listed race/ethnic groups (Figure 2.1 and Table 2.1).

    Who are these “ethnic whites” that are separate from “ethnic Portuguese”, and who are the “ethnic Portuguese” that are not “ethnic white”. If they are not “white” what are they? Conflating race and ethnicity distorts this dubious census even more.

    Asians, Amerindians and Chinese are all ethnicities/nationalities that make up the Asian race.

    And exactly how do the mixed races break down. When I lived in Guyana, the overwhelming “mixed race” I saw were Indians and Chinese. However, since both groups are Asians they are technically not mixed race. Indians and Whites were the next major “mixed race” I saw. I did not see any Black and Asian mixed race couple. This makes sense since Asian men typically do not marry out of their race/ethnicity, and most women marry up and not down. Mrs Granger is an anomaly. I did see light skin blacks but not mixed raced couples/families.

    I wonder what percentage of Guyanese Indians are Dalits? I recently came across a fascinating article about Dalits in India being “mixed race” Asians and Africans, so I decided to Google images of Dalit people and noticed that some did have dominant African features.

  • Thinker  On 08/15/2016 at 11:45 pm

    More evidence that Gigi knows nothing of Guyana as many may have already suspected.

    • G.M Taylor  On 02/02/2017 at 9:15 pm

      Interesting of how you define mixed race. My mother is mixed with Portuguese and African. While my dad is Scottish and Indian (Madras). Question, am I not mixed race?

      • guyaneseonline  On 02/02/2017 at 11:39 pm

        According to the Census you are of “Mixed” race.
        It may be noted that many persons in the major racial categories may say they are “Indian” of “African” or Amerindian…. but in reality they are “Mixed” if one examines their family trees.

  • demerwater  On 08/18/2016 at 11:20 am

    “The answer to the racial problem is inter marriage!” So said Harold B. Davis, in an (late 1960’s) address to the Adult Education Annual Conference. I agree that my grandparents’ generation regarded it as a subversion from every perspective. I know what I am talking about when I say that one could be ostracized for converting from Hinduism to Catholicism; for hooking up with a “Buck girl”.

  • Josh Gross | The Jaguar  On 12/19/2016 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve noticed that some of the people commenting on this post seem to have divergent viewpoints on the 2012 Census findings. Admittedly I don’t know much about Guyanese politics, although I’ve heard that racial issues can be important. Would anyone happen to know how different segments of the Guyanese people are reacting to this “decline in main ethnic populations” and the increase in mixed race and indigenous peoples? I hope this demographic shift isn’t triggering the same kind of hysteria that some white Americans are displaying in response to the increase in the Latino/a population in the US. I hope to be spending the upcoming summer and fall in Guyana, so I’d really appreciate your insights.

  • Wakar Hakiek  On 01/05/2017 at 1:27 pm

    Why is Guyana concerned about the affairs of rulership of America.A large part of Guyana existence is from monies Americans send to their families in Guyana to support them .This will not stop .Guyana is not self sufficient.They should worry to build their own .America will always be self sufficient,no matter who is President .If all the citizens of Guyana get a chance to leave ,they will .

  • Youman  On 06/17/2018 at 4:24 pm

    Gigi know everything that is why she should be president

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