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Belize People

    Population: 235,789 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 42% (male 49,991; female 48,074)
    15-64 years: 55% (male 65,507; female 63,796)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 4,129; female 4,292) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.42% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 30.22 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 5.39 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -0.67 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 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
    total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 31.57 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 69.2 years
    male: 67.23 years
    female: 71.26 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 3.74 children born/woman (1999 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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