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430 more in Thimphu every year

Household listing: In the past seven years, households in urban Thimphu increased by 3,013 or around 430 every year, according to data collected by the National Statistical Bureau.

In the first housing and population census carried out in 2005, urban Thimphu had 14,894 households.  This increased to 17,907 this year.

Earlier this year, the bureau carried out listing of households in the urban areas, to gauge migration to urban centres.

Major increases in household numbers were observed in Changzamtog, Motithang, NHDC periphery and Pangrizampa.  The number of households in these areas increased by 460,286 and 99 households.

New areas have been included in the recent listing, and old ones divided, because of the expansion in the number of houses in the past seven years.

While the listing of urban households did not provide population figures, if the average household has five members, then urban Thimphu’s population is near 90,000.

This also does not include those, who had come to the city and lived with their relatives already settled in Thimphu.

The listing program also excluded expatriate workers.

In 2005, housing census, the population of Thimphu was recorded at 98,676.  But this included the gewogs in the dzongkhag, as well as expatriate workers.  The census basically attempted to record the number of people at that particular period of time, an official from NSB said.

The bureau is yet to carry out its research on the figures available today to gauge rural-urban and urban to urban migration.

An official said an important factor leading to the increase in number of households would probably be rural-urban migration.

By Nidup Gyeltshen


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