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El Salvador


    • Population:
      5,870,481 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        40% (female 1,165,152; male 1,200,759)

        15-64 years:
        56% (female 1,677,958; male 1,602,230)

        65 years and over:
        4% (female 122,368; male 102,014) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      2.02% (1995 est.)

    • Birth rate:
      32.39 births/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Death rate:
      6.19 deaths/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Net migration rate:
      -5.96 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1995 est.)

    • Infant mortality rate:
      38.9 deaths/1,000 live births (1995 est.)

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        67.5 years

        male:
        64.89 years

        female:
        70.23 years (1995 est.)

    • Total fertility rate:
      3.69 children born/woman (1995 est.)

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        Salvadoran(s)

        adjective:
        Salvadoran

    • Ethnic divisions:
      mestizo 94%, Indian 5%, white 1%

    • Religions:
      Roman Catholic 75%

        note:
        there is extensive activity by Protestant groups throughout the country; by the end of 1992, there were an estimated 1 million Protestant evangelicals in El Salvador

    • Languages:
      Spanish, Nahua (among some Indians)

    • Literacy:
      age 15 and over can read and write (1990 est.)

        total population:
        73%

        male:
        76%

        female:
        70%

    • Labor force:
      1.7 million (1982 est.)

        by occupation:
        agriculture 40%, commerce 16%, manufacturing 15%, government 13%, financial services 9%, transportation 6%, other 1%

        note:
        shortage of skilled labor and a large pool of unskilled labor, but training programs improving situation (1984 est.)






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