219 people/km² with Gran Canaria and Tenerife accounting for more than 80% of the total population of all islands. There is a history of emigration from the islands to other cities and countries, such as Cuba and Venezuela. In recent years the Canary population has increased due as emigrants have returned and newcomers have arrived to occupy new jobs. Spain's membership in the European Union is one major reason for this increase in prosperity and residence.
The 2005 census recorded 1,968,280 inhabitants, with 1,011,928 in the 33 municipalies of the province of Las Palmas, and 956,352 in the 52 municipalities the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.