A Census gathers information on population and housing. In most Pacific countries and territories, a Census is carried out every 5 or 10 years. A Census is likely to be the most comprehensive survey a country carries out, as it covers each member of the population, rather than collecting data from a representative sample. Census data enable policy-makers to make informed and relevant decisions, based on current and projected trends.

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Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS)

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs) collect information on population, health and nutrition. Ideally, DHSs are carried out every five years and cover subjects including fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, and diseases. DHS results inform countries’ population policies, health plans, human development reports, development strategies and national Millennium Development Goal (MDG) reports.

2015 •  pdf iconSolomon Is. DHS Report 4MB
2014 •  pdf iconSamoa DHS Report 4MB
2013 •  pdf iconVanuatu DHS Report 5MB
2012 •  pdf iconTonga DHS Report 4.5MB, pdf iconTonga DHS Factsheets 1.5MB

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Family Health and Safety Surveys

These surveys aim to discover the causes and consequences of domestic violence and related child abuse. The surveys also seek to establish what forms of protection currently exist and help identify ways to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence and child abuse.

2000 • Samoa
2008 • Kiribati, Solomon Islands

Household Income and Expenditure Surveys (HIES)

Household Income and Expenditure Surveys (HIES)s provide information on people’s living conditions and income/expenditure patterns. Data from HIESs are used for rebasing a country’s consumer price index, in the preparation of national accounts and to analyse poverty and hardship in communities.

2015 • pdf Cook Islands 2MB, French Polynesia 1MB, Niue 1MB (2015/16), Tuvalu 2MB (2015/16), Tonga 6MB (2015/16), Tokelau 3MB (2015-16), Kiribati
2013/2014 • pdfPalau 3.1MB, pdfSamoa 17.2MB
2012/2013 • pdfFSM 1.6MB, pdfNauru 1.4MB, pdf Solomon Islands6.2MB
2010 • PNG 2009/2010, pdfTuvalu 2010 1.3MB, pdf Vanuatu 2010 3MB

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PICTs Major Statistical Collections 2018-2022

Excel icon PICTS Census and Survey 2018-2023 - 15 KB

Updated by Collections Team, SDD, 28 February 2019

PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024+
American Samoa AGR PHC     Economic Census  HIES (2025)
Cook Islands     PHC   LFS  
Federated States of Micronesia HIES PHC DHS-MICS   HIES  
Fiji HIES; AGR EUS     HH Listing  
French Polynesia LFS; HDS LFS LFS LFS; PHC LFS LFS (annually)
Guam HIES; COFA PHC        
Kiribati HIES PHC; NSDS LFS; Disab; Gender AGR DHS-MICS HIES; PHC (2025)
Marshall Islands HIES PHC        
Nauru HH Listing; MICS-DHS (with LFS); Mini HIES   PHC HIES    
New Caledonia PHC; LFS DHS; LFS LFS; Migration LFS LFS LFS (annually)
Niue AGR   PHC      
Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)  AGR; LFS PHC LFS; HIES   HH Listing    
Palau   PHC HIES      
Papua New Guinea   PHC HIES      
Tokelau HIES; Mini CENSUS   PHC      
Tonga MICS HIES PHC AGR; DHS    AGR (2025)
Tuvalu  DHS-MICS Disab HIES PHC Disab  
Wallis & Futuna HIES DHS        


  1. When more than one statistical collection occurs in the same year, the order of collection is to be confirmed by the relevant National Statistics Office
  2. AGR = Agriculture census / survey
    COFA = Compact of Freely Associated States - survey of immigrants (Palau, FSM & RMI) into Guam
    DHS = Demographic and health survey
    EUS = Employment & Unemployment Survey
    HDS = Household Demographic Survey
    HIES = Household income and expenditure survey
    LFS = Labour force survey
    MICS = Multiple indicator cluster survey
    NSDP = National Strategic Development Plan Survey
    NSDS = National Strategy for the Development of Statistics
    PHC = Population and housing census