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Mauritius Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 1,179   Population 2000 (UN '000) 1,161
Area (km2) 1,993   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 3
Number of Administrative Units 186   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 6
Number of Urban Extents 5   Number of Settlement Points 85

Mauritius Details

Continent Africa
Country Name Mauritius
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 3.0
Leve1 Type Island
Level2 Type District
Level3 Type Municipal Ward / Village Council Area
Number of Units 186
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 6
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2000
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 1,057
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 1,116
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 1,179
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 1,057
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 1,114
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 1,161
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 1,993
Average Input Resolution (km) 3
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 85
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 127,855
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 1,043
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 11,999
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 5
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 1,024
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 9
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 257
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 1,286
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 925,549
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 10,792
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 216,964
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,084,822
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 65%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 91%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 42%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 6
Regression-estimated Extents 0
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
Mauritius in Figures 2001, population data 2000, the Central Statistics Office, LIC Centre, 1, John Kennedy Street, Port Louis, Mauritius.
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
For the Main Island, The Central Statistics Office, LIC Centre, 1, John Kennedy Street, Port Louis, Mauritius, available from: For the Island of Rodrigues, Digital Chart of the World (DCW).
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
2000 Mauritius Housing and Population Census,; Census,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
AFCities, World Gazetteer
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Towns with proclaimed legal limits.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
9 units confirmed by national office of statistics as having no population data. There are an additional 8 records relating to small islands with no discernable codes that could nor be formally verified. National level growth rates from 1990-2000 applied across all the administrative units
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
Spatial and population data for the main Island of Mauritius is for administrative level 3. However, due to lack of spatial data for other islands, the same level of detail could not be employed for the surrounding areas. The Island of Rodrigues, however, was added at administrative level 2. This was done via coastline data (built in to polygons) extracted from the NOAA coastline extractor ( Arbitrary administrative IDs were assigned (unique per island in the group surrounding Rodrigues) and the population was assigned to the main island only.