The 2001 Population and Housing Census of Samoa was taken on the midnight of November the 5th 2001. It counted every person in the country on that night and collected a wide range of social, economic and demographic information about each individual and their housing status.
The information were used to develop statistical indicators to support national plannning and policy-making and also to monitor MDG indicators and all other related conventions. This included population growth rates, educational attainment, employment rates, fertility rates, mortality rates, internal movements, household access to water supply, electricity, sanitation, and many other information. The full report is available at SBS website: http://www.sbs.gov.ws under the section on Publications and Reports.
Kind of Data
Census/enumeration data [cen]
Version 2: Edited, anonymous dataset for public distribution.
Population & Reproductive Health
Unit of Analysis
The PHC 2001 covered all de facto household members, institutional households such as boarding schools, hospitals, prison inmates and expatriats residing in Samoa for more than 3 months. The PHC excluded all tourists visiting Samoa during the enumeration period and all Samoans residing overseas.
Producers and sponsors
Authoring entity/Primary investigators
Samoa Bureau of Statistics
Government of Samoa
Government of Samoa
Government of Australia
Ministry of Women - Internal Affairs
Village census awareness
Ministry of Education Sports and Culture
Employment of teachers as enumerators and supervisors
Mr Fepuleai Samuelu
Census fieldwork adviser
Mr James Atherton
Census digital mapping
Secretariat for Pacific Communities (SPC)
Census data processing
Not Applicable to a complete enumeration census.
Not applicable to census-undertaking.
Dates of Data Collection (YYYY/MM/DD)
Time periods (YYYY/MM/DD)
Mode of data collection
Interviewing was conducted by teams of enumerators. Each interviewing team had a supervisor and field editors comprised of SBS staffs. Each supervisor worked with a team of field editors to check and assist the enumerators work on the field. Four vehicles were used on full-time basis by the field editors on a roster basis to visit their allocated supervisors areas throughout the enumeration week.
The role of the supervisor was to coordinate field data collection activities in their allocated areas, checked the enumerators work, solved refusal problems when arised, and also prepared a summary statistical report of all household members in each household that have been enumerated by the enumerators. These summary reports helped SBS to prepare the Preliminary count of the Population which is normally released within a month after the actual enumeration period or before the normal data processing started.
SBS managed and distributed all supplies and equipment, finances, maps and listings, and also coordinated arrangements for accommodation and travel. Additionally, the SBS field editors worked with the supervisors in checking the enumerators work during and after the enumeration, and then collected and took the completed questionnaires to SBS main office for further office work.
The overall coordination of Supervision was lead by the Assistant Chief Executive Officer(ACEO) of Census-Surveys and her staffs with the executive support given by tthe Census Field Advisor, Government Statistician and the Executive Managers.
Type of Research Instrument
The PHC 2001 questionnaire was developed on the basis of the previous censuses questionnaires with some modifications and additions. A model questionnaire developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Commission in Noumea was also used to standardise concepts and defintions. The Questionnaire was designed using the A3 paper size with the Population questions on the front page and the Housing questionnaire at the back page of the A3 paper.
The Population questionnaire was administered in each household, which collected various information on household members including age, sex, citizenship, ethnicity, orphanhood, marital status, residence (birth, usual, previous), religion, education and employment.
In the Population questionnaire, a special section was administered in each household for women age 15-49, which also asked information on their children ever born still living, died or living somewhere else. Mothers of children under one year were also asked whether their last born children were still living at the time of the census.
The Housing questionnaire was also administered in each household which collected information on the types of building the household lived, floor materials, wall materials, roof materials, land tenure, house tenure, water supply, drinking water, lighting, cooking fuel, toilet facility, telephone, computer, internet, refrigerator, radio and television.
Confidentiality of respondents is guaranteed by the Statistics Act 1971.
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1. To make no copies of any files or portions of files to which s/he is granted access except those authorized by the data depositor.
2. Not to use any technique in an attempt to learn the identity of any person or establishment not identified on public use data files.
3. To hold in strictest confidence the identification of any establishment or individual that may be inadvertently revealed in any documents or discussion, or analysis. Such inadvertent identification revealed in her/his analysis will be immediately brought to the attention of the data depositor.
This statement does not replace a more comprehensive data agreement (see Access condition).
Public Use datasets, accessible under conditions
The dataset has been anonymized and is available as a Public Use Dataset. It is accessible to all for statistical and research purposes only, under the following terms and conditions:
1. The data and other materials will not be redistributed or sold to other individuals, institutions, or organizations without the written agreement of the Samoa Bureau of Statistics (SBS)
2. The data will be used for statistical and scientific research purposes only. They will be used solely for reporting of aggregated information, and not for investigation of specific individuals or organizations.
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"Samoa Bureau of Statistics, Population and Housing Census 2001 version 1 of the public use file (December 2003), provided by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics: www.sbs.gov.ws"
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