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Central African Republic People

    Population: 3,444,951 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 44% (male 757,422; female 749,289)
    15-64 years: 53% (male 885,087; female 927,282)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 56,309; female 69,562) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.04% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 38.28 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 16.46 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: -1.45 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 103.42 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 47.19 years
    male: 45.35 years
    female: 49.09 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 5.03 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Central African(s)
    adjective: Central African

    Ethnic groups: Baya 34%, Banda 27%, Sara 10%, Mandjia 21%, Mboum 4%, M'Baka 4%, Europeans 6,500 (including 3,600 French)

    Religions: indigenous beliefs 24%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%, other 11%
    note: animistic beliefs and practices strongly influence the Christian majority

    Languages: French (official), Sangho (lingua franca and national language), Arabic, Hunsa, Swahili

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 60%
    male: 68.5%
    female: 52.4% (1995 est.)

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