Demographics of the Canary Islands

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219 people/km² with Tenerife and Gran Canaria accounting for more than 80% of the total population of all islands. There is a history of emigration from the islands to other cities and countries, such as Cuba and Venezuela. In recent years, the Canary population has increased due as emigrants have returned and newcomers have arrived to occupy new jobs. Spain's membership in the European Union is one major reason for this increase in prosperity and residence.

The 2005 census recorded 1,968,280 inhabitants, with 1,011,928 in the 33 municipalities of the province of Las Palmas, and 956,352 in the 52 municipalities the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The largest city by population is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with 378,628 inhabitants, followed by the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with 221,567, San Cristóbal de La Laguna with 141,627 and Telde with 96,547.

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