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New Caledonia


    • Population:
      184,552 (July 1995 est.)

    • Age structure:

        0-14 years:
        31% (female 27,712; male 28,677)

        15-64 years:
        64% (female 58,462; male 60,169)

        65 years and over:
        5% (female 4,997; male 4,535) (July 1995 est.)

    • Population growth rate:
      1.75% (1995 est.)

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

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

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

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

    • Life expectancy at birth:

        total population:
        74.02 years

        male:
        70.73 years

        female:
        77.48 years (1995 est.)

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

    • Nationality:

        noun:
        New Caledonian(s)

        adjective:
        New Caledonian

    • Ethnic divisions:
      Melanesian 42.5%, European 37.1%, Wallisian 8.4%, Polynesian 3.8%, Indonesian 3.6%, Vietnamese 1.6%, other 3%

    • Religions:
      Roman Catholic 60%, Protestant 30%, other 10%

    • Languages:
      French, 28 Melanesian-Polynesian dialects

    • Literacy:
      age 15 and over can read and write (1976)

        total population:
        91%

        male:
        92%

        female:
        90%

    • Labor force:
      50,469 foreign workers for plantations and mines from Wallis and Futuna, Vanuatu, and French Polynesia (1980 est.)

        by occupation:
        NA






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