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Bahamas, The People

    Population: 283,705 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 27% (male 39,271; female 38,740)
    15-64 years: 67% (male 92,830; female 96,814)
    65 years and over: 6% (male 6,696; female 9,354) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.36% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 20.58 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 5.43 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -1.55 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.02 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.96 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.72 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 18.38 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 74.25 years
    male: 70.94 years
    female: 77.64 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 2.31 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Bahamian(s)
    adjective: Bahamian

    Ethnic groups: black 85%, white 15%

    Religions: Baptist 32%, Anglican 20%, Roman Catholic 19%, Methodist 6%, Church of God 6%, other Protestant 12%, none or unknown 3%, other 2%

    Languages: English, Creole (among Haitian immigrants)

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 98.2%
    male: 98.5%
    female: 98% (1995 est.)

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