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Liberia People

    Population: 2,923,725 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 45% (male 656,101; female 649,389)
    15-64 years: 52% (male 775,429; female 738,904)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 50,126; female 53,776) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 4.92% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 41.49 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 11.03 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 18.77 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)
    note: evidence from UNHCR indicates Liberians are being repatriated

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.93 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 100.63 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 59.88 years
    male: 57.2 years
    female: 62.64 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 6.02 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Liberian(s)
    adjective: Liberian

    Ethnic groups: indigenous African tribes 95% (including Kpelle, Bassa, Gio, Kru, Grebo, Mano, Krahn, Gola, Gbandi, Loma, Kissi, Vai, and Bella), Americo-Liberians 2.5% (descendants of immigrants from the US who had been slaves)

    Religions: traditional 70%, Muslim 20%, Christian 10%

    Languages: English 20% (official), about 20 tribal languages, of which a few can be written and are used in correspondence

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 38.3%
    male: 53.9%
    female: 22.4% (1995 est.)
    note: these figures are increasing because of the improving school system

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