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GeoDemographics

LOCATION

Żejtun, lying in the south-eastern part of Malta, covers the top of a hill that dominates the nearby bays of Marsaxlokk, Marsaskala and St. Thomas Bay, popular ports of call for all Mediterranean sailors since Phoenician times. They also provided convenient landing beaches for invaders

 

Żejtun is surrounded by the following localities: Ħaż-Żabbar, Fgura and Ħal Tarxien to the north, Ħal Għaxaq to the west, Marsaxlokk to the south and Marsaskala to the east. These all formed part of Żejtun (except Ħal Tarxien and large part of Fgura) more than 350 years ago. 

 

Coordinates: 35°51′20″N 14°32′0″E

POPULATION

2011 Census: 11,277 

31st March 2013: 11,521 (Gazzetta tal-Gvern)

 

On the arrrival of the Knights of St. John the population in the whole territory of Żejtun is estimated at around 1,000 persons and increased to approximately 2,000 persons by the end of 16th century. During the 17th century the population in Żejtun was affected by plague which hit Malta in 1623, 1655 and 1676. Also the designation of Ħaż-Żabbar as a separate parish in 1615 and Ħal Għaxaq in 1626 had a negative effect.

 

From the late 17th century onwards the overall demographic situation improved. The 2000 inhabitants at the dawn of 1700 doubled by the late 18th century. The same occurred during the following century as a result of the British occupation. By 1911 the overall population in Żejtun surpassed 8,000. The misery and resultant emigration which followed the WWI caused a decrease with 7,701 recorded in the 1921 census.

 

The  1948 census recorded the highest population in Żejtun to date 11,980. This was inflated by a number of war refuges especially from the Cottonera area most of whom returned to their home towns after the massive reconstruction programme of war demolished housing in the inner harbour area.
 

Year

Population

1530

1590

1616

1632

1645

1658

1667

1670

1680

1698

1702

1770

1800 -

1861

1871

1891

1901

1911

1921

1931

1948

1967

1985

1995

2005

2011

2013

 

c. 1,000

c. 2,027

1,634

1,222

1,087

1,287

1,276

1,480

1,700

c. 2,000

2,090

3,700

3,920

5,480

5,766

6,927

7,234

8,060

7,701

8,731

11,980

10.440

11,321

11,379

11,410

11,277

11,521

 

From 1980 onwards the population of Żejtun hovered around the 11,300 mainly due to migration of young couples to nearby social housing as well as new private development in Ħaż-Żabbar, Marsaxlokk, Ħal Għaxaq and Marsaskala, the last tripling the population in the last 20 years. An overall low birth-rate has also contributed to this demographic state of affairs. The last major impact on the population was the boundaries impoed in 1993 with the establishment of local councils, devolving large chunks of rural Żejtun, including St. Thomas Bay, within the limits of Marsaxlokk and Marsaskala. 

 

(Adopted from: Żejtun Local Council report, A Sustainable Community in a Changed Economy, p. xv-xvi, March 2013)

 

According to 2011 Census: 

Population density: 2,101 persons

Population by sex: Males 5, 643  / Females 5, 634

Age Population:     

00-14 years: 1,551 persons

15-24 years: 1,442 persons

25-34 years: 1,700 persons

35-44 years: 1,323 persons

45-54 years: 1,472 persons

55-64 years: 1,744 persons

65+ years:    2,045 persons

 

Average Age: 41.7 years

Persons residing in institutions: 234 (52 Males and 182 Females)

AREA

Area: 5.37 km2

Residential: 1.5 km2

Rural: 3.2 km2

Industrial: 0.7 km2

Population density: 2,101 persons

Private Households: 4150

Businesses: Small Shops - 120 and Medium and Large Companies - 180

LOCAL FACILITIES

Education:

  • St. Thomas More College, Żejtun Kindergarten

  • St. Thomas More College, Żejtun Primary A

  • St. Thomas More College, Żejtun Primary B

  • St. Margarita College, Girls' Secondary School

  • Tereża Nuzzo School

 

Public Health Facilities:

  • Żejtun Local Clinic at Triq il-Madonna tal-Bon Kunsill

 

Police Station:

  • Żejtun Police Station at Triq il-Madonna tal-Bon Kunsill

 

Postal Service:

  • Żejtun Maltapost Office at 37, Triq San Luċjan

 

Postal Letter Boxes at Triq Alfredo Cachia Zammit, Triq id-Daħla ta' San Tumas, Triq il-Ġiebja Rumana, Misraħ Dom Mintoff (Bir id-Deheb), Triq il-Qadi, Triq l-Għannejja, Triq San Girgor, Triq San Luċjan, Triq Santu Wistin, Triq Strejnu, Triq Taltas, Triq Toni Zahra and Bulebel Industrial Estate.

 

Bank Services:

  • APS Bank at Misraħ ir-Repubblika

  • Bank of Valletta at Misraħ ir-Repubblika

  • HSBC Bank Malta at Vjal il-25 ta' Novembru

 

ATMs:

  • APS Bank ATM at Misraħ ir-Repubblika

  • Bank of Valletta ATMs at Misraħ ir-Repubblika, Triq Tal-Barrani and Bulebel Industrial Estate

  • HSBC Bank ATM at Vjal il-25 ta' Novembru

 

Roman Catholic Churches:

  • St. Catherine's Parish Church at Misraħ ir-Repubblika

  • St. Catherine's Old Parish Church (known at St. Gregory's) at Triq San Girgor

  • Jesus of Nazareth Convent at Triq San Girgor

  • Holy Ghost Chapel at Triq Santa Katarina

  • Mater Boni Consigli Basilica at Misraħ Karlu Diacono

  • Our Lady of Mercy Church at Misraħ Dom Mintoff, Bir id-Deheb

  • Our Saviour Chapel at Triq is-Salvatur

  • Sacred Heart of Mary Chapel (Tas-Sinjura) at Triq il-Madonna tal-Ħniena

  • St. Angelo Chapel at Misraħ Karlu Diacono

  • St. Clement's Chapel at Wesgħat l-Għajn tal-Bhejjem

  • St. Martin's Pastoral Centre at Triq l-Isqof Ferdinand Mattei, Ġebel San Martin

  • St. Mary of Ħal Tmin Chapel at Triq Wied iż-Żiju

  • St. Mary of Tal-Ħlas Chapel at Misraħ Santa Marija

  • St. Nicholas Chapel at Triq Strejnu

  • Blessed Sacrament Oratory at Misraħ ir-Repubblika

  • Holy Family Chapel at Juventutis Domus, Triq San Girgor

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel at Triq San Girgor (next to Żejtun Parish Church Office)