Population and Housing Census

The Census is the official count of population, dwellings and households in Tonga and it provides a ‘snapshot’ of the country at one specific point in time: 30th of November of the Census year. A Tonga Census has been taken once in every ten years since 1956.

The census provides a unique source of detailed demographic, social and economic data relating the entire population and its most precious resource of its people. This information is used for policy making and planning, monitoring and evaluation, research and other decision‐making.

The census is often the primary source of information such as used for allocation of public funding, especially in areas such as health, education and social policy. The main users of this information are the government, local authorities, education facilities (such as schools and tertiary organizations), businesses, community organizations and the public in general.

 

Population trend by district for the year 1956 to 2021.

Year District
Tonga Tongatapu Vavaú Haápai Éua Ongo Niua
2021 100,179 74,320 14,182 5,665 4,864 1,148
2016 100,651 74,611 13,738 6,125 4,945 1,232
2011 103,252 75,416 14,922 6,616 5,016 1,282
2006 101,991 72,045 15,505 7,570 5,206 1,665
1996 97,784 66,979 15,715 8,138 4,934 2,018
1986 94,649 63,794 15,175 8,919 4,393 2,368
1976 90,085 57,411 15,068 10,792 4,486 2,328
1966 77,429 47,920 10,591 13,533 3,391 1,994
1956 56,838 31,264 9,918 12,477 1,254 1,925

Household trend by district for the year 1956 to 2021.

Year District
Tonga Tongatapu Vavaú Haápai Éua Ongo Niua
2021 18,817 13,705 2,790 1,157  931 264
2016 18,198 13,096 2,745 1,193 889 275
2011 18,156 12,904 2,834 1,266 870 282
2006 17,529 12,012 2,885 1,377 905 350
1996 16,194 10,796 2,728 1,469 820 381
1986 15,091 9,723 2,547 1,615 790 416
1976 13,908 8,578 2,423 1,775 748 384
1966 11,290 6,632 2,137 1,618 565 338
1956 8,548 4,652 1,472 1,916 191 317

The latest Census was conduct in 2021 and the report is available now. For more details of Census 2021 and Census 2016, please click the buttons below.

Census reports

The Census reports of the previous years is made available, and you can access them via this link

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Contact Person:  Ms. Telekaki Latavao

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