Fraser | Business |

The major population components
The population of Singapore has been predictably stable given its land area. It is also characterized by distinctive properties and trends, similar to populations of other developed countries. It should be noted that non-citizens (permanent residents, work permit and manual labourers and helpers) make up almost a third of the population. Click on Meyer Mansion Meyer Road

The people of Singapore

As of December 2011:

Population: 5.26 million (Dec 2011 est)

3.27 million citizens

0.54 million permanent residents

1.46 million non-permanent residents

25-54 age group make up 59% of the total population.

Singapore has 10 religions within its boundaries:

Buddhism (42.5%)

Islam (14.9%)

Taoism (8.5%)

Hinduism (4%)

Catholics (4.8%)

Other Christians (9.8%)

Other sects include Sikhism, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Baha’I, Jainism (0.7%) and non-religious cults (14.8%).

Life expectancy is a respectable 81.64%

A reflection of the high standard of living, sustained and enhanced by clean and healthy environment, good climate, excellent health service, an abundance of rich natural food, physical activities, high standard accommodation and the availability of clean, healthy drinking water.


The primary languages spoken in Singapore are Mandarin, English, Chinese dialects and other dialects in that order.

In 1990, 50.3% of the population communicated in Chinese dialects, 30.1% conversed in Mandarin, 19.3% spoke English and 0.3% used other languages.

Twenty years later in 2010, people using Chinese dialects dropped to 19.2% and the use of Mandarin rose to 47.7%.

People speaking English also rose to 32.6% and the use of other dialects remained low at 0.4%.


In 2012, the unemployment rate was only 2%, which represented just a little over 100,000 people.

The low numbers approximately tally with the level of increase in the annual general population.

This reflects the deliberate control of unemployment in the country similar to the stringent population controls used for stemming a runaway growth in numbers.

Real-estate statistics

The number of people who are owners-occupiers of homes in Singapore is a cause for wonder: a staggering 87% of the population owns their own homes.

This literally means that Singapore has achieved the unique feat of having housed all its citizens of more than 3 million people!

Rented accommodation on the other hand is made up of apartments, rented rooms, houses, condominiums and hotels.

There are literally thousands of these available and they cater mainly for tourists or visitors’ needs – the money earners for the Singaporean economy.