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Languages of Dominica

This article is about the demographic features of the population of Dominica, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Almost all Dominicans are descendants of African slaves brought in by colonial planters in the 18th century. Dominica is the only island in the eastern Caribbean to retain some of its pre-Columbian population—the Carib Natives—about 3,000 of whom live on the island's east coast.

The population growth rate is very low, due primarily to emigration to more prosperous Caribbean Islands, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. English is the official language and universally understood; however, because of historic French domination, Antillean Creole, a French-lexified creole language, is also widely spoken. About 80% of the population is Catholic. In recent years, a number of Protestant churches have been established.

Parishes

Name Population Percentage of national population Total area (km²) Population density
Saint Andrew 10,461 14.77% 178.27 59
Saint David 6,789 9.58% 131.6 52
Saint George 20,211 28.54% 56.1 360
Saint John 5,897 8.33% 59 100
Saint Joseph 5,765 8.14% 120.1 48
Saint Luke 1,576 2.22% 7.77 203
Saint Mark 1,891 2.67% 9.9 191
Saint Patrick 8,383 11.84% 84.4 99
Saint Paul 8,397 11.86% 67.4 125
Saint Peter 1,452 2.05% 27.7 52
 Dominica 70,822 100% 742.24 105

CIA World Factbook demographic statistics

The following demographic statistics are from the CIA World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated.

Population

71,540 (July 2000 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 29% (male 10,556; female 10,254)

15-64 years: 63% (male 23,151; female 21,984)

65 years and over: 8% (male 2,294; female 3,301) (2000 est.)

Population growth rate

-0.08% (2006 est.)

Birth rate

18.27 births/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Death rate

7.3 deaths/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Net migration rate

-22.39 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2000 est.)

Sex ratio

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female

under 100 years: 1.03 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 1.05 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.69 male(s)/female

total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

Infant mortality rate

17.13 deaths/1,000 live births (2000 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

total population: 73.35 years

male: 70.9 years

female: 76.36 years (2000 est.)

Total fertility rate

2.05 children born/woman (2000 est.)

Nationality

noun: Dominican(s)

adjective: Dominican

Ethnic groups

African 90%, Mulatto 8%, Kalinago 2%

Religions

Main article: Religion in Dominica

Roman Catholic 77%, Protestant 15% (Methodist 5%, Pentecostal 3%, Seventh-day Adventist 3%, Baptist 2%, other 2%), none 2%, Buddhist 0.5%, other 6%

Languages

English (official), Antillean creole (also referred to as "French patois")

Literacy

definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school

total population: 94%

male: 94%

female: 94% (1970 est.)

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