The National Census Coordinator Ms. Phetogo Zambezi outlined highlights of the preliminary results. She indicated that the results show a decline in the growth rate and that the population is increasing at diminishing rates.
Ms. Zambezi said the results also show that household size continues to decline both at the national and district levels adding that household size tends to be higher in rural districts than in cities and towns. She further said that persons living outside Botswana are declining since 1991.
On the population distribution, Ms. Zambezi said it shows that there has been a general decline in the share of the population residing in cities and towns as some rural census districts recorded increases while others remained constant from the past censuses.
Ms. Zambezi also said the preliminary results show that 64 villages compared to 46 in 2011 and 27 in 2001 had a population of 5,000 or more.
Villages that registered significant growth rates include:
• Sese and Modipane 9.0 percent each,
• Kazungula – 7.2 percent
• Oodi - 5.7 percent
• Shashe Mooke – 5.3 percent
Villages that showed declines are:
• Good hope – 1.1 percent
• Shoshong and Otse – 0.9 percent each
• Sefhophe – 0.1 percent