People

  • Population: 9,365,818 (July 2007 est.)
  • Age structure: 0-14 years: 32.1% (male 1,532,813/female 1,477,033)
    15-64 years: 62.2% (male 2,971,620/female 2,851,207)
    65 years and over: 5.7% (male 247,738/female 285,407) (2007 est.)
    Median age: total: 24.5 years
    male: 24.3 years
    female: 24.6 years (2007 est.)

  • Population growth rate: 1.5% (2007 est.)

  • Birth rate: 22.91 births/1,000 population (2007 est.)

  • Death rate: 5.32 deaths/1,000 population (2007 est.)

  • Net migration rate: -2.59 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2007 est.)

  • Sex ratio: at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.038 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.042 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.868 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2007 est.)

  • Infant mortality rate: total: 27.94 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 30.05 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 25.75 deaths/1,000 live births (2007 est.)

  • Life expectancy at birth: total population: 73.07 years
    male: 71.34 years
    female: 74.87 years (2007 est.)

  • Total fertility rate: 2.81 children born/woman (2007 est.)

  • Ethnic groups: mixed 73%, white 16%, black 11%

  • Religions: Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%

  • Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 87%
    male: 86.8%
    female: 87.2% (2002 census)