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Central African Republic


    • Population:
      3,209,759 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        43% (female 690,290; male 694,153)

        15-64 years:
        53% (female 886,421; male 825,268)

        65 years and over:
        4% (female 64,846; male 48,781) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      2.1% (1995 est.)

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

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

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

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

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        42.15 years

        male:
        40.68 years

        female:
        43.67 years (1995 est.)

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

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        Central African(s)

        adjective:
        Central African

    • Ethnic divisions:
      Baya 34%, Banda 27%, Sara 10%, Mandjia 21%, Mboum 4%, M'Baka 4%, Europeans 6,500 (including 3,600 French)

    • Religions:
      indigenous beliefs 24%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%, other 11%

        note:
        animistic beliefs and practices strongly influence the Christian majority

    • Languages:
      French (official), Sangho (lingua franca and national language), Arabic, Hunsa, Swahili

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

        total population:
        38%

        male:
        52%

        female:
        25%

    • Labor force:
      775,413 (1986 est.)

        by occupation:
        agriculture 85%, commerce and services 9%, industry 3%, government 3%

        note:
        about 64,000 salaried workers (1985)






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