The census of population and housing is by far the most important source of statistical information for planning and policy making purposes. In addition to the basic information about the number of persons and households, it provides a great deal of useful information about the demographic, social and economic characteristics of the population. Census informations yields comparable statistical information for different areas and social groups. If the information collected in the 1986 Census is combined with earlier censuses in Western Samoa it provides a continuity of statistics from which changes over time can be measured.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
V0.3: Edited data
National Regional District Village
Unit of Analysis
The Census Survey covered all household members(usual residence) For all persons born in 1976 and before (Reference period 20-+26 October 1986 For all females born in 1971 and before
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
Samoa Bureau of Statistics
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacifi
Data Processing, Data Editing
Government of Samoa
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Time periods (YYYY/MM/DD)
Mode of data collection
Type of Research Instrument
As far as possible the questions were designed to maintain consistency with previous censuses. The major change in 1986 was was the omission of the housing questions. In addition, a few additional question on economic activities were included.
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