Demographics of the Pitcairn Islands

Demographics Of The Pitcairn Islands

Demographics of the Pitcairn Islands

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This article is about the demographic features of the population of the Pitcairn Islands, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Estimates of the population of the Pitcairn Islands range from 46 to 48, and beyond this point it is difficult to keep accurate statistics on such points as age structure due to the remoteness of the settlement. The annual growth rate of Pitcairn Islands is 0.00%.

All native Pitcairn residents are descended from the mutineers on the Bounty, a fact reflected in the surnames of many of the families - Christian being an obvious descendant from Fletcher Christian. Islanders are of mixed Caucasian and Polynesian stock, as the mutineers took wives and lovers from the Tahitian natives they had previously encountered. There is a high degree of inter-relation among the population.

Many islanders are also members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and tend to a somewhat puritanical attitude. Officially, public displays of affection and public consumption of alcohol are forbidden. In practice, consumption of alcohol is sanctioned by the administration of the island, especially when cruise ships anchor offshore.

Due to a lack of educational...
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