The Central Statistical Office of Trinidad and Tobago, a Division of the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, wishes to extend deepest appreciation to the people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, for welcoming and receiving, into their homes, business establishments
and institutions, the Census field data collection team. Their assistance advice and protection as they canvassed their Enumeration Districts, and their cooperation in taking valuable time to respond to 61 questions over an average interview time of 45 minutes must be acknowledged.
HISTORY OF CENSUS TAKING
Census taking had its beginning in ancient times in the countries of Egypt, Babylonia, China, Palestine and Rome. In these earlier times, population counts were undertaken to determine fiscal, labour and military obligations and were usually directed towards heads of households, males of military age, taxpayers or adult citizens.
Census enumerations are mentioned in biblical writings citing 1491 B.C. and 1017 B.C. as crucial dates in census history. In later years, censuses became important events across the Roman Empire, among French colonies and in the Scandinavian countries.
The Pilot Survey for the 2011 Population and Housing Census was conducted on the 17th-31st August in Trinidad and on 31st August to 14th September in Tobago.
The pilot tested:
- The content and design of the questionnaire
- The enumeration strategy
- The cartography
- The training programme for field personnel
- The data processing strategy
A total of three hundred (300) households in Trinidad and thirty five (35) households in Tobago were interviewed.
The 2011 Population Census was a count of all persons in Trinidad and Tobago as at Census Night- January 09, 2011. Every attempt was made to enumerate all households/persons in all areas throughout the country regardless of whatever challenges that existed. The following is a description of the organization and management of the field operations.