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Costa Rica People

    Population: 3,674,490 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 33% (male 622,260; female 593,720)
    15-64 years: 62% (male 1,150,900; female 1,121,970)
    65 years and over: 5% (male 85,526; female 100,114) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 1.89% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 22.46 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 4.16 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0.63 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.85 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.02 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 12.89 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 76.04 years
    male: 73.6 years
    female: 78.61 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 2.76 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Costa Rican(s)
    adjective: Costa Rican

    Ethnic groups: white (including mestizo) 96%, black 2%, Amerindian 1%, Chinese 1%

    Religions: Roman Catholic 95%

    Languages: Spanish (official), English spoken around Puerto Limon

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 94.8%
    male: 94.7%
    female: 95% (1995 est.)

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