The total population 1 January 2017 was 338,349 and grew by 5,820 from the previous year, a 1.8% rise. Proportionally the population growth was highest in the region of Suðurnes (6.6%), 1,484 persons. The population increased by 1.5% in the capital region and declined in the West fjords (-0.2%).
Nine municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants
The number of municipalities was 74, same as in the previous year. Six municipalities had fewer than 100 inhabitants, 40 had fewer than 1,000 inhabitants and only nine municipalities had more than 5,000 inhabitants.
The number of nuclear families, i.e. couples with or without children under the age of 18 years or single parents with children under 18 years, was 80,638 on 1 January 2017, compared with 79,870 families one year earlier. The distribution of the main types of nuclear families is presented in the following figure.
The dependency ratio was 67.4% compared with 68.1% last year. The dependency ratio is calculated as the ratio of the young and old age population relative to the working age population (defined as 20–64 years of age).
The definition of localities and urban nuclei is in alignment with international recommendations, especially that of the Commission Regulation (EC) No 1201/2009 implementing Regulation (EC) No 763/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on population and housing censuses as regards the technical specifications of the topics and of their breakdowns.