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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.

Population in Brief report chart 2


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.

Population in Brief report diagram 1


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.


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