SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan's population increased to almost 1.2 million people in 2020, a 21% increase from 2010, says chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin.
Furthermore, almost 58% of the population are living in the capital city here.
These were among the findings of a 2020 census carried out by the Statistics Department, which also found that 10.7% of the state's population live in Port Dickson and 10.6% in Jempol.
Jelebu and Rembau, he said, had the lowest number of residents with 3.8% and 3.9% respectively.
In 2010, the state had a population of 986,204.
"Among the factors that contributed to the increase is more people moving to Negri Sembilan due to rapid development in the Klang Valley.
"The state, which is part of the Greater Klang Valley, has also seen more economic development which has created more job opportunities and encouraged people from outside the state to move here," he said when met at the RTM Complex here on Wednesday (June 8).
He said of the total population, 1.13 million were Malaysians while almost 68,000 were foreigners.
The bumiputra community made up 63.3% of the state's population followed by Chinese (21.9%), Indians (14.3%) and others (0.5%).
Mohd Uzir said this was also the first time the department had prepared reports for all parliamentary and state constituencies in the country.
"There is a lot of information available in the reports and those who know how to use it will surely benefit.
"We will also update the information annually so that those who rely on it will get more accurate statistics," he added.
Apart from demographics and socio-economic activities, there is also information on the number of houses; business and service facilities such as petrol stations, launderettes, retail shops and car workshops; health facilities such as hospitals, dental clinics and pharmacies; educational institutions such as pre-schools and schools; as well as employment and manpower needs, poverty levels, public safety, Internet connectivity and public amenities.
"MPs and assemblymen for example, can use the information to serve (their constituencies) better and identify areas they can improve for (the people's benefit).
"In fact, those aspiring to become candidates in the coming polls can also use the information we have gathered to know what awaits them and see what the area and the people living in the particular constituency need," he said.
Mohd Uzir said the census also showed that Nilai was the constituency with the highest population in Negri Sembilan (119,613 people) while Senaling had the lowest (8,024).
Seremban Jaya was the most densely populated area with 4,025 people living in one square kilometre, followed by Sikamat (3,211) and Ampangan (3,138).