People in Belize

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Population: 230 160 (July 1998 est.)

Age structure:

0-14 years: 42% (male 49 486; female 47 596)

15-64 years: 54% (male 63 259; female 61 567)

65 years and over: 4% (male 4 048; female 4 204) (July 1998 est.)

Population growth rate: 2.42% (1998 est.)

Birth rate: 31.05 births/1 000 population (1998 est.)

Death rate: 5.5 deaths/1 000 population (1998 est.)

Net migration rate: -1.38 migrant(s)/1 000 population (1998 est.)

Sex ratio:

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.96 male(s)/female (1998 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 32.36 deaths/1 000 live births (1998 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 68.97 years

male: 67.01 years

female: 71.03 years (1998 est.)

Total fertility rate: 3.87 children born/woman (1998 est.)

Nationality:

noun: Belizean(s)

adjective: Belizean

Ethnic groups: mestizo 44% Creole 30% Maya 11% Garifuna 7% other 8%

Religions:  Roman Catholic 62% Protestant 30% (Anglican 12% Methodist 6% Mennonite 4% Seventh-Day Adventist 3% Pentecostal 2% Jehovah's Witnesses 1% other 2%) none 2% other 6% (1980)

Languages: English (official) Spanish Mayan Garifuna (Carib)

Literacy:

definition: age 14 and over has ever attended school

total population: 70.3%

male: 70.3%

female: 70.3% (1991 est.)

note: other sources list the literacy rate as high as 75%

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