Planning of Census 2000

  • Research Method

For the purpose of the 2000 Population and Housing Census, Aruba was subdivided into 54 counting districts. One of the more extensive tasks in Census 2000, was the preparation of the maps for the Census. In the period between July and October 1999, the staff of the Central Bureau of Statistics started with the first fieldork. For the Census 2000, all previous maps of Aruba were digitalized and updated with the collected information from the fieldwork. A Geographical Information System (GIS) based on the digital maps and collected information was created. The Central Bureau of Statistics continued to update the GIS and it is constantly being used as an analytic and cartographical instrument.


The imaging technology which was introduced in Census 2000 was of great importance and delivered excellent results. In addition, computer aided coding was introduced for the first time to accelerate the data handling. The introduction of the scanning and imaging technology resulted in an important reduction in processing time of the data collected during the Census. Six months after the post-Census enumeration was finalised, the book of basic tables was published.


  • Research Period

The enumeration activities of the Census 2000 started on Saturday October 14th at 8.00 hours in the morning. At that time, enumerators gathered at their enumeration office, where they received a briefing by the head enumerators. Data was collected with reference to the situation on Census night, October 14th midnight (00:00).


  • Household Characterisitcs Questionnaire


  • Living Quarter Questionnaire


  • Person Questionnaire


  • Concepts and definitions


Execution of Census 2000

  • Fieldwork

Every day a member of the Census-team of the Central Bureau of Statistics visited the enumeration offices. In this way, problems were quickly solved. Furthermore, all members of the Census-team had a cellular phone and could be contacted immediately when enumerators or head enumerators had a problem. In Census 2000, a total of 82742 individuals were counted in 26864 households.


  • Employees of Census 2000

All participants in Census 2000 received a 4-hour training. During the training session, participants received an ample explanation of the Census contents, the procedures which had to be followed and the questionnaires to be used. Additionally, all enumerators and head enumerators obtained an instruction manual with a breakdown of their tasks. The training sessions started 2 weeks before the Census and finished one week before the start of the Census.


  • Publicity campaign

For the purpose of Census 2000, there was an extensive information and publicity campaign. The publicity campaign consisted of: posters, articles and advertisements in local newspapers, banners, commercials and informative programs on radio and television. In addition, all housing units on Aruba received a folder with information about the Census. Furthermore, to increase the visibility of the enumerators, all were dressed in a red poloshirt with the Census 2000 logo.


Census 2000 results

  • Principal publication of Census 2000 results


Other publication based on Census 2000.

  • Living situation of elderly in Aruba, 2002 (Leefomstandigheden van bejaarden op Aruba, 2002)
  • The position of handicaps on Aruba, 2002 (De positie van gehandicapten op Aruba, 2002)
  • The people of Aruba, continuity and change, 2002
  • Visit every day the enumeration office to which the enumerator is assigned to report the progress made, deliver the forms that have been completed and get new forms if necessary.