The population of the Region of Crete according to the census of 2001 was 601.131 and corresponded to 5,48% of the population of Greece.
|Population||Percental Population Change|
|1981||1991||2001||% 1981-1991||% 1991-2001||% 1981-2001|
|Region of Crete||502.165||540.054||601.131||7,55||11,31||19,71|
|Total of the country||9.740.417||10.259.900||10.964.020||5,33||6,86||12,56|
Source : National Statistical Service of Greece, Population cencuses 1981, 1991, 2001
During the decades 1981-1991 and 1991-2001, the population showed a constant upward movement with the relevant percental changes being higher than those of the rest of the country (7,55% and 11,31% for Crete and 6,86% for the entire Country).
Totally, population in Crete increased by 19,71% during the period 1981-2001, which underline its ability to keep and renew its population.
According to the contemporary results of the census of 2011, the Region of Crete showed a population increase of 3,36% between 2001-2011. More precisely, it has 621.340 inhabitants today (308.760 men and 312.580 women), with permanent population density per sq.Km. equal to 74,54. It represents 5,76% of the population of the Greek territory and is ranked fifth among the Greek Regions.