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Population reaches at 14.80 crore
DHAKA, April 9 (BSS) - The country's population reached at 14 crore 80 lakh and 19 thousands, official said today citing a finding of the post enumeration check of the recent Population and Housing Census (PHC) results.

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) will publish the official figure by June, BBS director-general Md Shahjahan Ali Mollah told journalists at a press briefing on the findings of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

BIDS was assigned the task to check and determine the coverage and content of the errors of the census. The BIDS finds that as much as 57 lakh people missed out of the census, carried out last year.

"The error is, however, lower than the 2001 census when 4.98 percent were left out compared to last year's 3.97 percent missing people," BIDS director-general Dr Mustafa K Mujeri said while disclosing the results of the post-enumeration check at his office today.

He said the primary results of the PHC 2011 released on July 16 last year showed the country's total population at 14.23 crore.

"This type of error is not uncommon even in the develop countries," Dr Mujeri said.

For record check, BIDS had collected samples from 33,600 households of 280 enumeration areas from last year's Apr 10-14. The number of enumeration areas was 296,718 during the Census.

Of the 280 areas, 140 were taken from rural areas while 20 from upazila headquarters, 60 from municipalities and as many from city corporations.

People of the municipal areas missed out the most, 5.26 percent, while it was lowest in city Corporation and rural areas, 3.85 percent and 3.79 percent respectively.

Of which the heist errors have been found 5.26 percent in municipality areas.

According to the census carried out by BBS in March last year which found 71,255,000 of the population are men and 71,064,000 women.

The primary result of the census also revealed that the density of the population is 964 per kilometre and the ratio between men and women is 100.3: 100.
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