Population Statistics

According to the list of persons registered with the then “Id-Dejma” for the year 1419-1420, the number of male officially enlisted coming from Luqa totalled to 27 persons. In that particular year the population of Luqa together with that of the hamlet of Hal Farrug reached to 160.

The population of Luqa was generally made up of farmers and masons. The latter category of inhabitants, in the fifteenth century was mainly engaged in the restoration of the Mdina fortifications without receiving any payment in return.

Moreover, it is also said that inhabitants of Luqa were deeply involved in the construction of Valletta, under the supervision of Architect Demain Taliana who was also a resident of Luqa.

By the year 1646 the population of Luqa increased to 1,082. This trend continued until 1676 when the number of inhabitants decreased drastically because of the plague that hit the Maltese islands. However, since 1830, the up-going trend of the population had been maintained. This can be substantiated by the following data:

1921 – 3,607 persons
1931 – 4,059 persons
1948 – 4,318 persons
1957 – 5,382 persons
1967 – 5,413 persons
1985 – 5,548 persons
2005 – 6,208 persons

The Census made in 1985 established that the village of Luqa had an area of 6,280 square kilometres.