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West Bank People

    Population: 1,611,109 (July 1999 est.)
    note: in addition, there are some 166,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank and about 176,000 in East Jerusalem (August 1998 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 45% (male 370,770; female 352,803)
    15-64 years: 52% (male 422,209; female 411,597)
    65 years and over: 3% (male 22,376; female 31,354) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 3.14% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 35.59 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 4.2 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: 1.05 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.71 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.02 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 25.22 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 72.83 years
    male: 70.96 years
    female: 74.79 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 4.78 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: NA
    adjective: NA

    Ethnic groups: Palestinian Arab and other 83%, Jewish 17%

    Religions: Muslim 75% (predominantly Sunni), Jewish 17%, Christian and other 8%

    Languages: Arabic, Hebrew (spoken by Israeli settlers and many Palestinians), English (widely understood)

    Literacy: NA

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