578 Births, 481 Deaths, 440 Marriages In 2017

July 21, 2018 | 22 Comments

In 2017 there were 578 births with 76.1% of them having at least one Bermudian parent, while 481 deaths were recorded among residents, and 440 marriages were performed in Bermuda.

This is according to the Annual Report of the Registry General for the year ended December 31st, 2017, which was tabled in the House of Assembly by Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown.

“In 2017 there were 578 births; a decrease of 13 or 2.2% over the 591 births recorded in 2016,” the Minister said. “76.1% or 440 of the total live births have at least one Bermudian parent. In 2017, 138 or 23.9% of the births have parents who are both non-Bermudian.

“In 2017, 481 deaths were recorded among residents. A death rate of 7.5 per thousand of the population for 2016 reflects a decrease of 11 or 2.3% from 492 recorded in 2016.

“The Report also indicates that there were a total of 494 deaths recorded for the year ending 31st December 2017; thirteen were in respect of non-resident persons. There were no stillbirths recorded for the 2017 period.

“For the year ending 31st December 2017 there were 440 marriages performed in Bermuda, a 2.3% decrease from the 450 marriages recorded in 2016. During 2017 marriages between parties who were both non-residents accounted for 232 or 52.7% of the total of 440.

“Of the total 440 marriages recorded in 2017, ten were same-sex marriages,” the Minister said, adding that 452 marriages were performed on board 23 Bermuda registered ships in 2017, and of the 452 maritime marriages, two were same-sex marriage ceremonies.

“The cumulative number of marriages [local and maritime] processed through the Registry General for the year ended 31st December, 2017 was 892 as compared to 918 for the year ending 2016,” the Minister said.

The Minister’s full statement follows below:

Mr. Speaker, earlier today I tabled the Annual Report of the Registry General for the year ended December 31st, 2017.

The Registrar General recognizes the essential role that vital statistical information plays in planning for the provision of services in areas such as tourism, health, education and housing, to name a few, and has performed his duties to a high standard in the recording, collating and presenting of the data to be included in the Annual Report.

Mr. Speaker, in accordance with Section 19 of the Registration [Births and Deaths] Act 1949, the Registrar-General shall, within ninety days after the expiration of each calendar year, compile for publication in such form and manner as the Minister may approve a summary of the births and deaths which occurred during the year, together with a general report on the increase or decrease of the population of Bermuda. The Registrar is required also under Section 35 of the Marriage Act 1944 to publish a summary of marriages conducted each year.

Mr. Speaker, we recognise that the report, while tabled 5 months earlier than last year is still later than it should be. However we will be working on improving the processes and the technology associated with the delivery of this report in a timelier manner closer to the legislated requirement.

In preparation of the Annual Report, Mr. Speaker, the Registrar has relied on information received from the Records Office of the King Edward VII Hospital relating to births; from the local funeral directors and medical practitioners in relation to deaths; and from local marriage officers and Masters of Bermuda registered ships in relation to local and maritime marriages respectively.

Mr. Speaker, the Report which deals primarily with the vital statistics pertaining to the Island’s residential population indicates that for the first time in three years there has been a slight decrease in the number of births. In 2017 there were 578 births; a decrease of 13 or 2.2% over the 591 births recorded in 2016. However, the live birth rate of the population has increased by 1 point per thousand from 9.1 in 2016 to 9.2 in 2017. There were three babies born in 2017 in the residence of the parents, a decrease of eight from the year ending 2016.

Mr. Speaker, the distribution of live births by nationality based on information provided by the parents at the time of registration of their children’s birth, for 2017 reflects 76.1% or 440 of the total live births have at least one Bermudian parent. In 2017, 138 or 23.9% of the births have parents who are both non-Bermudian.

Mr. Speaker, Honourable members are advised that in 2017, 481 deaths were recorded among residents. A death rate of 7.5 per thousand of the population for 2016 reflects a decrease of 11 or 2.3% from 492 recorded in 2016. The Report also indicates that there were a total of 494 deaths recorded for the year ending 31st December 2017; thirteen were in respect of non-resident persons. There were no stillbirths recorded for the 2017 period.

Mr. Speaker, there was an increase of 95 or 0.15% in the estimated resident population at the end of 2017 at 63,921 as opposed to the 63,826 in resident population estimated in 2016. At the end of 2017 there were 2,419 more females than males in the population figures.

However, Mr. Speaker, from the report given and statistics recorded in 2016, and statistics provided for 2017, it would appear that there has been a significant drop in the population [1,565 and 1,470 respectively].

However, the population estimates were re-based in 2016 after the 2016 Population and Housing Census. The re-base of the data is the reason why the population estimates are lower in both 2016 and 2017 as presented.

Mr. Speaker, for the year ending 31st December 2017 there were 440 marriages performed in Bermuda, a 2.3% decrease from the 450 marriages recorded in 2016. During 2017 marriages between parties who were both non-residents accounted for 232 or 52.7% of the total of 440. This figure still is in keeping with the trend over the past five years for marriages between non-residents to exceed the number of marriages between residents and marriages between a resident party and a non-resident party. The Report also shows that there were 167 marriages between parties who were both residents and 41 marriages between a resident and non-resident.

Mr. Speaker, of the total 440 marriages recorded in 2017, ten were same-sex marriages. Eight of the same-sex marriages were performed at the Registry General as civil ceremonies, and the remaining two marriages were religious ceremonies held at a hotel and a home. During 2017 same-sex marriages between parties who were both residents accounted for 5 or 50% of the total of 10 marriages. The report also shows that there were two same-sex marriages between non-residents, and three same-sex marriages between a resident and non-resident.

Mr. Speaker, 452 marriages were performed on board twenty three Bermuda registered ships in 2017. This total represents a decrease of 16 or 3.5% from the 2016 total of 468. Of the 452 maritime marriages, two or 0.4% were same-sex marriage ceremonies. The cumulative number of marriages [local and maritime] processed through the Registry General for the year ended 31st December, 2017 was 892 as compared to 918 for the year ending 2016.

In closing, Mr. Speaker, the Annual Report seeks to provide an illustrative statistical digest of vital events such as live births, deaths, stillbirths, marriages, adoptions and re-registration of births for the year ended December 31st, 2017.

Thank you Mr. Speaker.

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  1. …and what about these people who have come here to BERMUDA, under an odd and eerie cloak of secrecy, under the rule of the O.B.A.??Nonsense.
    Are they staying? Are they leaving?
    Who gave them rights to jobs, cars, motor bikes??
    Who allowed these people to have somewhere to live and jobs.
    These people have quietly and sneakily taken Bermudian jobs away. No one really speaks of this nonsense and warped type of politics.
    It is time to “open this ridiculous can of worms”.

    • Dave says:

      Ah yes because you’re a neurosurgeon

      • Sandgrownan says:

        Lol, folks like this clown would put neurosurgeon’s out of business!!

        • Vortex says:

          Simple not straightforward mate, jog on back to the 80s.

          Expats, if you bring prosperity, and treat this island as home, YOU ARE WELCOME. Even the PLP knows that.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      and what about these people who have come here to BERMUDA, under an odd and eerie cloak of secrecy, under the rule of the PLP ??Nonsense.
      **Are they staying? Are they leaving?
      Who gave them rights to jobs, cars, motor bikes??
      Who allowed these people to have somewhere to live and jobs and to bring in their wives and girlfriends ?
      These people have quietly and sneakily taken Bermudian jobs away. No one really speaks of this nonsense and warped type of politics.
      It is time to “open this ridiculous can of worms”.**

      With 2 small changes your nonsense post (as usual) was turned into a perfect real life example .
      Aka the Uigher debacle !

    • sandgrownan says:

      FFS, that’s a whole pile of stupid right there.

      Tell me, can you read without moving your lips?

      • puzzled says:

        Good one sandy.

        Looks like everyone is having babies and dying.

        Oh the irony.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        I’m sure you’ll love my comment (above) !

    • perry says:

      Dear straightforward(perry)…no matter what name you post under, you’re still the most racist bigot in Bermuda, congratulations.

    • Black Soil says:

      What rubbish!! Clearly the job of STRAIGHTFORWARD is to spread hate and lies.

    • Gustav says:

      What a Nonsens……
      Just the other war round !
      Without foreigners many bermudians will Not have a Job anymore
      Imagine all the viel foreigners will leave the Island , who Will Go to the Shops , res5aurantes etc
      Bermudians without a Job ???????

    • Retro says:

      You must have read the wrong story! These statistics probably mean Bermuda is in need of another immigration wave not less foreigners.

    • Malachi says:

      So clearly, you don’t know who “these people” are, or where they live. So what makes you think they actually exist?

    • mixitup says:

      I agree with straightforward 100% It’s called Gentrification, OF A COUNTRY. I never saw Bermudians have real issue with expat workers, it was not until these expat workers 15 years later are still here while your Bermudian sister, cousin, aunt, brother have had to relocate to another country.. And I’m not talking about the influx of Phillipinos or Indians… The Bermudian people want sound immigration reform that protects this land for Bermudians (Born Bermudians) Expats are welcome to enjoy life and work here, they can make lovely memories, but this is not their home. I’d ask the Government to ensure a sound work permit process and prosecute anyone flauting it… I made good friends with an expat who express to me concerns that from their perspective the White Bermudian populace does not speak well (in private mostly) of the majority on this Island..Which if not examined deeper leads to the impression that the expat is not welcome, this after we have been welcoming expats here since the 1950′s 60′s… Bermudians want to ensure a fair immigration process and a tight work permit policy that cannot be bowled over into residency… just because.

    • Immigrant Eurocentric privilege is a worldwide ecceptance, while those who are of African and other descent are a problem, and is endorced by Trump and white nationalist mindsets.
      But yet France won de World Cup with an African team, so unless Africans can scale a building and save a baby hanging from a balcony or win World Cup for a European country, we are STILL are stigmatized on the World Wide Immigration list, unlike our white Immigrant counterparts.
      One good example was the refugee situation in the 80′s-90′s with the ecceptance of Cuban refugees and refusal of Haitian refugees.

  2. Answer says:

    People coming here under a cloak…are you talking about the Uighurs?

    Or Tweed?

  3. PR says:

    ” the White Bermudian populace does not speak well (in private mostly) of the majority on this Island..Which”

    You’re nothing but a pathetic racist.

    Black Bermudians do not speak well of people also at times. You’re full of hate. You have a problem and you need to change to fix it.
    Stop blaming everyone else for your failure.

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