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In the past year, Singapore’s total population grew by a mere 0.1% compared with the 1.3% in the previous year.
According to the latest Population in Brief report by the Strategy Group in the Prime Minister’s Office, the citizen population grew by 0.9% due to citizen births and immigration, with 3.44 million citizens as of June 2017; while the PR population remained stable at 0.53 million.
On the other hand, the non-resident population dropped by 1.6% to 1.65 million as of June 2017, driven mainly by a decline in the number of work permit holders in the construction and marine & offshore engineering sectors.
As of June 2017, Singapore’s total population stood at 5.61 million. There were a total of 3.97 million residents – 3.44 million Singapore citizens and 0.53 million permanent residents (PRs). While non-residents totalled 1.65 million including dependents, international students and individuals who are here to work. Overall, Singapore’s total population stood at 5.61 million.
With increasing life expectancy and low fertility rates, the proportion of Singapore’s citizen population aged 65 years and above is rising at a faster pace compared to the last decade.
Between 2016 and 2017, the proportion of citizens aged 65 years and above increased from 13.7% to 14.4%. At the same time, the number of citizens aged 80 and above has also almost doubled over the last decade, from 55k (1.7% of the overall population) to 98k (2.9% of the overall population).
This resulted in the rise of the median age of the citizen population from 41.0 years to 41.3 years.