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Marshall Islands People

    Population: 65,507 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 50% (male 16,622; female 15,957)
    15-64 years: 48% (male 16,106; female 15,386)
    65 years and over: 2% (male 677; female 759) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 3.86% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 45.31 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 6.73 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 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: 1.05 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.89 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.04 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 43.38 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 64.81 years
    male: 63.21 years
    female: 66.5 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 6.67 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Marshallese (singular and plural)
    adjective: Marshallese

    Ethnic groups: Micronesian

    Religions: Christian (mostly Protestant)

    Languages: English (universally spoken and is the official language), two major Marshallese dialects from the Malayo-Polynesian family, Japanese

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 93%
    male: 100%
    female: 88% (1980 est.)

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