PALIKIR, FSM - President Manny Mori shares the FSM "2010 Census Key Indicators" through a May 18 letter to FSM Congress Speaker Isaac V. Figir, FSM Chief Justice Martin G. Yinug, and the Governors of the four FSM States of Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae.
According to the summary, the FSM population is 102,843, comprising of 52,193 males and 50,650 females, with a population decline rate of 0.4 percent the last ten years. The decline represents about 4,000 persons. It is claimed that the decline results from high level of out-migration from FSM along with "decreasing level of fertility (women having less children)".
In terms of household size, the census also shows an average decline in family size from 7 in 2000 to 4 in 2010, which may result from factors including preference by couples for smaller family size, drop in fertility and delaying of marriage (or when to have children), the analysis indicates.
Other indicators in terms of education patterns, the size of FSM labor force and population density by States are also provided.
The census report has been drafted and is under review before it is published later this year or early 2013. Tabulation tables without analytical texts can be requested from the Office of SBOC.