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Congo


    • Population:
      2,504,996 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        44% (female 543,324; male 548,840)

        15-64 years:
        53% (female 682,927; male 645,045)

        65 years and over:
        3% (female 49,879; male 34,981) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      2.32% (1995 est.)

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

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

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

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

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        47.09 years

        male:
        45.23 years

        female:
        49 years (1995 est.)

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

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        Congolese (singular and plural)

        adjective:
        Congolese or Congo

    • Ethnic divisions:

        south:
        Kongo 48%

        north:
        Sangha 20%, M'Bochi 12%

        center:
        Teke 17%, Europeans 8,500 (mostly French)

    • Religions:
      Christian 50%, animist 48%, Muslim 2%

    • Languages:
      French (official), African languages (Lingala and Kikongo are the most widely used)

    • Literacy:
      age 15 and over can read and write (1984)

        total population:
        60%

        male:
        71%

        female:
        49%

    • Labor force:
      79,100 wage earners

        by occupation:
        agriculture 75%, commerce, industry, and government 25%






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