HAVANA TIMES, January 7 – The Cuban population increased by 932 persons in 2008 when taking into account live births (122,556) compared to the total of deaths (84,970) and emigrants (36,654). The National Statistics Office reported that the island now has 11,237,772 residents compared to 11,236,790. The slight increase represents less than a hundredth of one percent in a country with an increasingly aging population, which makes it hard to replace the workforce. The median age in Cuba is now 37.94 years.
In other data the statistics office reported that 75.4 percent of the population is urban and that the combined nationwide life expectance is 77.97 years, 80.2 for women and 76.0 for men, unchanged over the last year.