The population of the Islands is continuing to decline according to the latest census. The nationwide count on 1 December last year shows that 17,434 people now live on the 13 inhabited islands. That's a drop of 2 per cent over five years ago. Rarotonga remains the most populated island with 13,007 residents - equal to 75% of all those living in the Islands. Aiututak is the next most popualted with 1,941 people. Least populated are Palmerston with 58 residents and Nassau with 78, There are more women than men in the Islands. According to the census there are 8,597 males and 8,862 females.