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Jamaica People

    Population: 2,652,443 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 31% (male 421,127; female 402,593)
    15-64 years: 62% (male 819,956; female 828,176)
    65 years and over: 7% (male 79,747; female 100,844) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 0.64% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 20.22 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

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

    Net migration rate: -8.39 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.79 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 13.93 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 75.62 years
    male: 73.22 years
    female: 78.13 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 2.26 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Jamaican(s)
    adjective: Jamaican

    Ethnic groups: black 90.4%, East Indian 1.3%, white 0.2%, Chinese 0.2%, mixed 7.3%, other 0.6%

    Religions: Protestant 61.3% (Church of God 21.2%, Baptist 8.8%, Anglican 5.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal 7.6%, Methodist 2.7%, United Church 2.7%, Brethren 1.1%, Jehovah's Witness 1.6%, Moravian 1.1%), Roman Catholic 4%, other, including some spiritual cults 34.7%

    Languages: English, Creole

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
    total population: 85%
    male: 80.8%
    female: 89.1% (1995 est.)

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