Update 15 to the GEC, the successor to the FIPS standard, is dated 2014-03-31. It changes the status of the divisions from quarters to districts, deletes Dauphin and Praslin, and inserts Canaries.
Justin Meyers forwarded me a pdf copy of the 2010 census report. I have used it to present better population data here. Using the contents of the pdf as a guide to search, I was able to locate it online (source ).
|Short name||SAINT LUCIA|
Saint Lucia was a British possession until granted independence on 1979-02-22.
after Saint Lucy (3rd cent.)
Saint Lucia is divided into ten districts.
I have ample evidence that the divisions above are correct, and have been for at least several decades. However, some usually reliable sources disagree. Here are the details.
First, there is some disagreement over the correct generic term for the divisions. The most recent official document (source ) consistently calls them "districts". Some older census reports call them "districts/parishes". The FIPS and ISO standards regularly call them "quarters", or "quartiers" in French; but in 2014, FIPS went back to "districts".
The U.S. government got it right in 1972 (source ). Something went wrong between that document and its successors: FIPS standard 10, and the more recent "Geopolitical Entities and Codes". Since 1984 or earlier, these standards have shown a slightly different subdivision of St. Lucia. They have been listing the districts as Anse-la-Raye, Castries, Choiseul, Dauphin, Dennery, Gros Islet, Laborie, Micoud, Praslin, Soufrière, and Vieux Fort (eleven divisions instead of ten). The same list has appeared in the CIA World Factbook, and matches the divisions shown on the CIA map of Saint Lucia (source ). Comparing the CIA map to the OAS map (source ), the following areas match up approximately: Gros Islet in the OAS version is Gros Islet and Dauphin in the CIA version; Anse-la-Raye and Canaries correspond to Anse-la-Raye; and Micoud corresponds to Micoud and Praslin. Finally, in 2014, the latest GEC update has got it right once again, deleting Dauphin and Praslin and restoring Canaries.
ISO/DIS 3166-2 (draft international standard), dated 1996, showed Saint Lucia divided into eight "administrative regions". ISO 3166-2:1998 was published on 1998-12-15. It said only that there were eleven quarters, without mentioning their names; these divisions were "not relevant". ISO 3166-2:2007 was published on 2007-12-15. It lists eleven quarters, giving the same names as the U.S. government version (with the minor variation that Anse la Raye has spaces rather than hyphens).
Some of the sources that support my conclusion of ten districts include , , , , and . Source  (1997-1998 edition) says "there are 10 administrative districts", and more recently, the 2006 and 2008 editions actually have the same list that I do. Source  says Saint Lucia is "divided into 9 quarters and the town of Castries".
To be precise, the map on the first page of source  shows one additional division labeled "Forest Land". Compared to the OAS map, it should be an inland part of Castries. In the census tables, though, "Forest Land" is not listed as one of the divisions.
Sources  and  both give 1970 census data, but differ in the details. As you will see, source  is more consistent, and I have used it for the figures in the Population history. Source  calls the divisions quarters; source , districts. One figure in source  is clearly wrong (row 6, column 9, the total population of Castries area 6 should be 1,993, to be consistent with all the other figures in that row; apparently the figure 1,402 was accidentally copied from the row below it). Source  also seems to have misplaced 2,513 people somewhere, because the sum of the populations of individual census areas fall short of the reported total population by 2,513. Source  gives a country total population of 99,805, which is 1 less than the total from source . The two sources are in perfect agreement about the identity and population of Anse-la-Raye, Canaries, Choiseul, Dennery, Gros Islet, Laborie, Soufrière, and Vieux Fort. They agree that there is another division called Micoud, but they give different populations for it. The population of Micoud according to source  is 2,513 greater than that in source , which would account for the missing persons in source ; possibly Micoud has a fourth area that was accidentally omitted from the body of the table. Castries in source  is replaced by three districts in source , which it calls "Sub of Castries," "Town of Castries," and "Marchand." The total population of those three is just 1 more than the population of Castries in source . That accounts for the difference in total population between the two sources. Conclusion: in 1970, Castries was probably equivalent to what source  calls Town of Castries, Sub[urbs?] of Castries, and Marchand. I have no other evidence for the existence of Marchand.
Vieux Fort includes the small Maria Islands.
Sources: 1970 - ; 1980 - ; 1991, 2001, 2010 - .
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