Despite the gloomy rhetoric from some, Jamaicans are living longer.
And that's not just optimistic mumbo-jumbo from positive thinkers. It's among the findings from data gathered during the 2011 Population and Housing Census. According to the census, life expectancy of Jamaicans has actually increased. So rumours of war, pestilence, and all things negative may be overrated. Bad news for the men, though, is that women are still outliving them.
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica will officially present all the major findings of the census during a press conference on Wednesday.
Other findings surfacing before the official presentation are that the population increase has been less than one per cent per annum since 1991. Interestingly, there is also a decline in the zero-to-14 age group, but there is an increase in the working-age population comparing figures from the 2001 census.
All countries are required by the United Nations to undertake a census at least once every 10 years. This is Jamaica's 14th.