The rate of university educated persons 25 years and older was highest in the two areas of “Vesturbær” in Reykjavik, where more than 50% of the population in this age group had attained education at the tertiary level. This rate was lowest in the output area of “Suðurnes án Reykjanesbæjar,” where one in eight had finished university education. The percentage of persons with tertiary education in this age group was above 25% in all output areas of the Capital region, except in the area of “Efra og neðra Breiðholt” where 18.6% of the population in this age group had attained university education.
The output area of “Efra og neðra Breiðholt” was also the area with the highest proportion of immigrants. Exactly 20% of the population were either immigrants or second generation immigrants (children of immigrants). This percent was lowest in the output area of “Ofan Brekku” in the municipality of Akureyri, where less than 3% of the population had immigrant background.
There is a fairly broad difference in current activity status by output areas. The highest rate was in the output area of “Vatnsendi” in the municipality of Kópavogur where 79.9% of the population 16 years and older was active in the labour market. The lowest labour force participation rate was in the two areas of “Laugardalur” in Reykjavik, where less than 65% of the population 16 years and older were currently active. The output area of “Njarðvíkur, Ásbrú og Hafnir” in Reykjanesbær showed the highest unemployment rate, 14.2%, whereas the lowest rate was in Vestmannaeyjar, 1.9%.
According to the Census 2011, 93.8% of the population lived in 60 localities of 200 inhabitants or more. By far the biggest locality was the Greater Reykjavik with a population of 197,565, or 62.6% of the total population.
The Icelandic Census was taken on 31 December 2011. The Census was register-based, with the topics defined according to international and European standards (Regulation (EC) No. 763/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council). First results were published 3 July 2014. The results of the pan-European Census are available on the Eurostat web page.
In a new issue of the Statistical Series, Statistics Iceland publishes selected topics with a new regional breakdown. The main regions are redefined for the purposes of the Census, and 42 special output areas were created with an average of 7,500 inhabitants. The definition of localities and urbanization was also adjusted for the purposes of the Census.
Census 2011: Main results by output areas – Statistical Series
Hagskýrslusvæði í manntalinu 2011 [Census output areas, Icelandic only] – Statistical Series/Working papers