Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – A population census for the municipality of Solidaridad began Monday and is expected to take seven months.
In coordination with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the Mayor of Solidarity, Cristina Torres, began the 2017 Population Census on June 17. The data collected from the census will allow officials to better distribute federal resources, keeping in line with local growth and providing better jobs and services to citizens.
“If we do not have the real population figures we cannot tell the federation what we need. In addition to the residents, we receive more than five million tourists a year, so when we suddenly see that garbage collection or the number of police are not enough, that is because we are reacting to the apparent population figures,” explained Torres.
The 2017 Population Census will run for approximately seven months with 27 students from the College of Scientific and Technological Studies (CECyTE) and the Center for Technological Studies of the Sea (CETMAR) taking door-to-door counts.
“What you are doing today is a great step for all Solidarity because the numbers we are going to register will not only be fundamental for public policies of future administrations, but also for us to be able to raise our hand to the federation and say that the population figures are different,” said the mayor.
The door-to-door census takers have begun making their rounds and can be identified by their white shirt and cap with the Census 2017 logo. The surveys will be conducted digitally through an electronic tablet. All information collected is confidential.