THE large increase in population registered in Majorca during the last 10 years is still continuing, mostly in the rural areas, with a rise of 7 percent above the average in the whole of the island, and more than 10 percent above the growth of Palma. According to data released by the Balearic Institute of Statistics (Ibae), obtained from the electoral registers throughout Majorca, the population in Majorca's towns, except Palma, has risen from 304'900 inhabitants in 1996 to 402'048 in 2005, an increase of 31.86 percent. The growth of Palma during this period was less than this, with an increase in population of 21.46 percent, going from 304'250 inhabitants registered at the town hall in 1996 to 375'773 in 2005. The large rise in rural population in comparison with the capital is reflected in the fact that, in 1996, the number of inhabitants registered in the towns (304'900) was practically the same as in Palma (304'250), while in the year 2005 the towns had 402'048 people registered and Palma had 375'773.

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