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Liberia PEOPLE 2017
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Liberia PEOPLE 2017
SOURCE: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on January 12, 2017

Population:
4,299,944 (July 2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 128
[see also: Population country ranks ]

Nationality:
noun: Liberian(s)
adjective: Liberian

Ethnic groups:
Kpelle 20.3%, Bassa 13.4%, Grebo 10%, Gio 8%, Mano 7.9%, Kru 6%, Lorma 5.1%, Kissi 4.8%, Gola 4.4%, other 20.1% (2008 Census)

Languages:
English 20% (official), some 20 ethnic group languages few of which can be written or used in correspondence

Religions:
Christian 85.6%, Muslim 12.2%, Traditional 0.6%, other 0.2%, none 1.4% (2008 Census)

Demographic profile:
Liberia’s high fertility rate of nearly 5 children per woman and large youth cohort – more than 60% of the population is under the age of 25 – will sustain a high dependency ratio for many years to come. Significant progress has been made in preventing child deaths, despite a lack of health care workers and infrastructure. Infant and child mortality have dropped nearly 70% since 1990; the annual reduction rate of about 5.4% is the highest in Africa. Nevertheless, Liberia’s high maternal mortality rate remains among the world’s worst; it reflects a high unmet need for family planning services, frequency of early childbearing, lack of quality obstetric care, high adolescent fertility, and a low proportion of births attended by a medical professional. Female mortality is also increased by the prevalence of female genital cutting (FGC), which is practiced by 10 of Liberia’s 16 tribes and affects more than two-thirds of women and girls. FGC is an initiation ritual performed in rural bush schools, which teach traditional beliefs on marriage and motherhood and are an obstacle to formal classroom education for Liberian girls. Liberia has been both a source and a destination for refugees. During Liberia’s 14-year civil war (1989-2003), more than 250,000 people became refugees and another half million were internally displaced. Between 2004 and the cessation of refugee status for Liberians in June 2012, the UNHCR helped more than 155,000 Liberians to voluntarily repatriate, while others returned home on their own. Some Liberian refugees spent more than two decades living in other West African countries. Liberia hosted more than 125,000 Ivoirian refugees escaping post-election violence in 2010-11; as of mid-2016, about 20,000 Ivoirian refugees were still living in Liberia because of instability.

Age structure:
0-14 years: 42.3% (male 917,354/female 901,627)
[see also: Age structure 0-14 years country ranks ]
15-24 years: 18.9% (male 400,013/female 412,869)
[see also: Age structure 15-24 years country ranks ]
25-54 years: 31.32% (male 669,630/female 677,321)
[see also: Age structure 25-54 years country ranks ]
55-64 years: 4.3% (male 89,264/female 95,519)
[see also: Age structure 55-64 years country ranks ]
65 years and over: 3.17% (male 66,658/female 69,689) (2016 est.)
[see also: Age structure 65 years and over country ranks ]
population pyramid:
A population pyramid illustrates the age and sex structure of a country's population and may provide insights about political and social stability, as well as economic development. The population is distributed along the horizontal axis, with males shown on the left and females on the right. The male and female populations are broken down into 5-year age groups represented as horizontal bars along the vertical axis, with the youngest age groups at the bottom and the oldest at the top. The shape of the population pyramid gradually evolves over time based on fertility, mortality, and international migration trends.

For additional information, please see the entry for Population pyramid on the Definitions and Notes page under the References tab.

Dependency ratios:
total dependency ratio: 82.9%
[see also: Dependency ratios - total dependency ratio country ranks ]
youth dependency ratio: 77.4%
[see also: Dependency ratios - youth dependency ratio country ranks ]
elderly dependency ratio: 5.5%
[see also: Dependency ratios - elderly dependency ratio country ranks ]
potential support ratio: 18.2% (2015 est.)
[see also: Dependency ratios - potential support ratio country ranks ]

Median age:
total: 18.3 years
[see also: Median age - total country ranks ]
male: 18.1 years
[see also: Median age - male country ranks ]
female: 18.5 years (2016 est.)
[see also: Median age - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 211

Population growth rate:
2.44% (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 25
[see also: Population growth rate country ranks ]

Birth rate:
33.9 births/1,000 population (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 26
[see also: Birth rate country ranks ]

Death rate:
9.5 deaths/1,000 population (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 54
[see also: Death rate country ranks ]

Net migration rate:
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 88
[see also: Net migration rate country ranks ]

Urbanization:
urban population: 49.7% of total population (2015)
[see also: Urbanization - urban population country ranks ]
rate of urbanization: 3.36% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
[see also: Urbanization - rate of urbanization country ranks ]

Major urban areas - population:
MONROVIA (capital) 1.264 million (2015)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - at birth country ranks ]
0-14 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 0-14 years country ranks ]
15-24 years: 0.97 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 15-24 years country ranks ]
25-54 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 25-54 years country ranks ]
55-64 years: 0.93 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 55-64 years country ranks ]
65 years and over: 0.97 male(s)/female
[see also: Sex ratio - 65 years and over country ranks ]
total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2016 est.)

Mother's mean age at first birth:
19.2
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013 est.)
[see also: Mother's mean age at first birth country ranks ]

Maternal mortality rate:
725 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 8
[see also: Maternal mortality rate country ranks ]

Infant mortality rate:
total: 65.8 deaths/1,000 live births
[see also: Infant mortality rate - total country ranks ]
male: 69.9 deaths/1,000 live births
[see also: Infant mortality rate - male country ranks ]
female: 61.5 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)
[see also: Infant mortality rate - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 15

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 59 years
[see also: Life expectancy at birth - total country ranks ]
male: 57.3 years
[see also: Life expectancy at birth - male country ranks ]
female: 60.8 years (2016 est.)
[see also: Life expectancy at birth - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 202

Total fertility rate:
4.6 children born/woman (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 22
[see also: Total fertility rate country ranks ]

Contraceptive prevalence rate:
20.2% (2013)
[see also: Contraceptive prevalence rate country ranks ]

Health expenditures:
10% of GDP (2014)
country comparison to the world: 3
[see also: Health expenditures country ranks ]

Physicians density:
0.01 physicians/1,000 population (2008)
[see also: Physicians density country ranks ]

Hospital bed density:
0.8 beds/1,000 population (2010)
[see also: Hospital bed density country ranks ]

Drinking water source:
improved: urban: 88.6% of population rural: 62.6% of population total: 75.6% of population
[see also: Drinking water source - Improved - total country ranks ]
unimproved: urban: 11.4% of population rural: 37.4% of population total: 24.4% of population (2015 est.)
[see also: Drinking water source - Unimproved - total country ranks ]

Sanitation facility access:
improved: urban: 28% of population rural: 5.9% of population total: 16.9% of population
[see also: Sanitation facility access - Total Improved country ranks ]
unimproved: urban: 72% of population rural: 94.1% of population total: 83.1% of population (2015 est.)
[see also: Sanitation facility access - Total UnImproved country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
1.09% (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 39
[see also: HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
30,200 (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 66
[see also: HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - deaths:
1,900 (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 56
[see also: HIV/AIDS - deaths country ranks ]

Major infectious diseases:
degree of risk: very high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever
water contact disease: schistosomiasis
aerosolized dust or soil contact disease: Lassa fever
animal contact disease: rabies (2016)

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:
5.8% (2014)
country comparison to the world: 161
[see also: Obesity - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]

Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
15.3% (2013)
country comparison to the world: 28
[see also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight country ranks ]

Education expenditures:
2.8% of GDP (2012)
country comparison to the world: 144
[see also: Education expenditures - percent of GDP country ranks ]

Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 47.6%
[see also: Literacy - total country ranks ]
male: 62.4%
[see also: Literacy - male country ranks ]
female: 32.8% (2015 est.)
[see also: Literacy - female country ranks ]

Child labor - children ages 5-14:
total number: 177,160
[see also: Child labor - children ages 5-14 - total number country ranks ]
percentage: 21% (2007 est.)
[see also: Child labor - children ages 5-14 - percentage country ranks ]

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24
total: 5.1%
[see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 - total country ranks ]
male: 3.4%
[see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 - male country ranks ]
female: 6.6% (2010 est.)
[see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 - female country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 126


NOTE: The information regarding Liberia on this page is re-published from the 2017 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Liberia PEOPLE 2017 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Liberia PEOPLE 2017 should be addressed to the CIA.




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