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Population characteristics

​​​Total population

On 27th March 2011 (census day), the resident population of Jersey was 97,857.

The most recently published population estimate for Jersey was 104,200 at 31 December 2016.

Jersey population 1821 to 2011

 

Source: Statistics Jersey, download the chart data

Note: population figures from 1821 to 1951 include visitors not ordinarily resident. Figures from 1981 to 2011 include temporarily absent residents.

Total resident population 1976 to 2011 and population estimates 2008 to 2016

​Total resident population, 1976-2011​Population estimates, 2008-2018
​CensusTotal​Year-end estimate​​Total
​1976​71,018200895,400
​1981​76,050200996,200
​1986​80,212201097,100
​1989​82,809201198,100
​1991​84,082201299,000
​1996​85,1502013100,000*
​2001​87,186​2014101,000
​2011​97,857​2015102,700
​2016104,200​
​2017​105,600
​2018​106,800

*The 2013 figures are estimates based on the two-year period 2013-2014. Analysis for the two years was combined, primarily due to a delay in the December 2013 data, following the implementation of the Control of Housing and Work Law 2012 (CHWL).

Age structure

In 2011, 66% of the total resident population were of working age (women / men aged 16-59 / 64 years). About a sixth (18%) were above working age and another sixth (17%) below working age. These proportions have been substantially constant since 1981.

Chart showing age structure with respect to working age 1971 to 2011 

Note: school leaving age increased in 1992 from 15 to 16 years of age.

In March 2011, over four-fifths of the resident population of Jersey possessed housing qualifications. Around one in eight (13%) people in Jersey were non-locally qualified.

Population density

The population density of Jersey is approximately double that of England and about a quarter less than Guernsey. The figure below shows the pattern of population density across the Island.

Chart showing population density in Jersey by Parish in 2011 

Place of birth

At the time of the 2011 census, half (50%) of the population were born in Jersey. Almost a third of people (31%) were born elsewhere in the British Isles.

Jersey population by place of birth in 2011

 
Source: Statistics Jersey, download the chart data


From the 1970s to 1990s the majority of ‘Other Europeans’ arriving in Jersey were from Portugal / Madeira. A significant change has occurred in recent years with the proportion arriving from Portugal / Madeira falling, whilst that from Poland has increased.

Chart showing place of birth of Jersey residents over the last three decades 

Marital status

In 2011, 48% of adults in Jersey were either married or re-married. A further 10% were divorced, whilst 34% had never married.

Profile of marital status, percentages

​Marital status2001 Census​2011 Census​
​Married​44%​40%
​Single​30%​34%
​Divorced​8%​10%
​Widowed​7%​6%
​Re-married​8%​8%
​Separated​3%​2%
Total ​100% ​100%

Note: percentages are independently rounded so may not sum to totals

The proportion of adults who are married has declined over the last several decades. The proportion divorced (and not re-married) has increased from 2.1% in 1971 to 10.1% in 2011.

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