S'pore's population hits 5.18 million

Singapore's population has reached 5.18 million, up 2.1 per cent from 5.08 million last year.

Singapore residents make up 3.79 million, according to the latest statistics from the Population Trends 2011 report.

Out of this number, 3.26 million are Singapore citizens and 530,000 are permanent residents.

There were 1.39 million non-resident foreigners as at end June, compared to 1.31 million in 2010.

The report said the increase was largely due to an increase in the number of citizens and non-residents. Meanwhile, the total population of Singapore citizens grew by 0.8 per cent, or 30,000, between 2010 and 2011.

The growth in the number of non-residents was 6.9 per cent in 2011, down from 15 per cent in 2007 and 19 per cent in 2008.

In contrast, the number of permanent residents also declined by 1.7 per cent to 532,000, after growing 1.5 per cent last year and at least 6 per cent each year between 2005 and 2009.

The median age of the resident population rose from 37.4 years in 2010 to 38 years in 2011. Meanwhile, the ratio of residents aged 15 - 64 years was 7.9 for each elderly resident aged 65 and over, a decline from 8.2 in 2010.