The population of Iceland grew by 1.8 percent last year, according to new figures from Statistics Iceland. On January 1, the country’s population was 338,349 on New Year’s Day, up 5,820 from the previous year. The number of men and women grew about the same, but men are still outnumber women by about 3,700.
The largest population increase was in Suðurnes, Southwest Iceland, or 6.6 percent, while the increase in the capital area was 1.5 percent, or 3,259. The population in the West Fjords declined by 0.2 percent, since 13 residents left the area.
There are 74 municipalities in the country, which is the same number as last year. Six of them have populations of less than a hundred; forty of them have less than 1,000 residents; nine are populated by more than 5,000 people. The vast majority of residents live in towns or a city, or almost 317,000, up about 5,000 from a year ago. About 21,500 live in rural areas or communities of fewer than 200 people.
Statistics Iceland also looks at family structure. Last year, there were close to 81,000 nuclear families in Iceland. Nuclear families are married or unmarried couples with children aged 17 and under, and single parents with children in that age group. Couples without children made up 39.5 percent of families, couples with children 27.3 percent, single mothers 13.8 percent, cohabiting couples with children 12.9 percent, cohabiting childless couples 4.9 percent, and single fathers 1.5 percent.