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Palau People

    Population: 18,467 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 27% (male 2,595; female 2,446)
    15-64 years: 68% (male 6,867; female 5,675)
    65 years and over: 5% (male 416; female 468) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.94% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 21.55 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 7.74 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 5.63 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.21 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.89 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.15 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 18.5 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 67.75 years
    male: 64.69 years
    female: 70.98 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 2.66 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Palauan(s)
    adjective: Palauan

    Ethnic groups: Palauans are a composite of Polynesian, Malayan, and Melanesian races

    Religions: Christian (Catholics, Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Assembly of God, the Liebenzell Mission, and Latter-Day Saints), Modekngei religion (one-third of the population observes this religion which is indigenous to Palau)

    Languages: English (official in all of Palau's 16 states), Sonsorolese (official in the state of Sonsoral), Angaur and Japanese (in the state of Anguar), Tobi (in the state of Tobi), Palauan (in the other 13 states)

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 92%
    male: 93%
    female: 90% (1980 est.)

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