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Population in Guyana
 
 
 

General

The population of Guyana in 2005 was estimated by the United Nations at 751,000, which placed it at number 157 in population among the 193 nations of the world. In 2005, approximately 5% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 28% of the population under 15 years of age. There were 94 males for every 100 females in the country. According to the UN, the annual population rate of change for 2005-10 was expected to be 1.3%, a rate the government viewed as satisfactory. Since 1995, the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association has promoted programs in schools to educate adolescents about reproduction in an attempt to address the high fertility rates. The projected population for the year 2025 was 703,000. The population density was 3 per km² (9 per mi²), but density varies dramatically. More than 90% of the people live on 5% of the land along the Atlantic coast; the interior of the country is practically uninhabited.

The UN estimated that 36% of the population lived in urban areas in 2005, and that urban areas were growing at an annual rate of 1.35%. The capital city, Georgetown, had a population of 231,000 in that year. Linden had an estimated 60,000 inhabitants, and New Amsterdam had about 33,000.


Overview

Population : 739,903 (July 2013 est.)

note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected
Age structure : 0-14 years: 30.2% (male 113,724/female 109,643)

15-24 years: 20.7% (male 78,798/female 74,202)

25-54 years: 36.9% (male 138,167/female 134,695)

55-64 years: 7.2% (male 22,772/female 30,358)

65 years and over: 5.1% (male 15,276/female 22,268) (2013 est.)
Dependency ratios : total dependency ratio: 65.3 %
youth dependency ratio: 59.6 %
elderly dependency ratio: 5.7 %
potential support ratio: 17.7 (2013)
Median age : total: 24.5 years
male: 23.7 years
female: 25.3 years (2013 est.)
Population growth rate : -0.21% (2013 est.)
Birth rate : 16.31 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Death rate : 7.18 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Net migration rate : -11.21 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Urbanisation : urban population: 29% of total population (2010)
rate of urbanisation: 0.5% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Major cities - population : Georgetown (capital) 132,000 (2009)
Sex ratio : at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.75 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.69 male(s)/female
total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2013 est.)
Mother's mean age at first birth : 20.8
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2009 est.)
Maternal mortality rate : 280 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)
Infant mortality rate : total: 34.45 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 38.59 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 30.09 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)
Life expectancy at birth : total population: 67.68 years
male: 63.83 years
female: 71.72 years (2013 est.)
Total fertility rate : 2.21 children born/woman (2013 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate : 42.5% (2009)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate : 1.2% (2009 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS : 5,900 (2009 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths : fewer than 500 (2009 est.)
Health expenditures : 5.9% of GDP (2011)
Physicians density : 0.214 physicians/1,000 population (2010)
Hospital bed density : 2 beds/1,000 population (2009)
Drinking water source : improved:
urban: 98% of population
rural: 93% of population
total: 94% of population
unimproved:
urban: 2% of population
rural: 7% of population
total: 6% of population (2010 est.)
Sanitation facility access : improved:
urban: 88% of population
rural: 82% of population
total: 84% of population
unimproved:
urban: 12% of population
rural: 18% of population
total: 16% of population (2010 est.)
Major infectious diseases : degree of risk: very high
food or water-borne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhoea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vector-borne diseases: dengue fever and malaria (2013)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate : 17.2% (2008)
Children under the age of 5 years underweight : 11.1% (2009)
Nationality : noun: Guyanese (singular and plural)
adjective: Guyanese
Ethnic groups : East Indian 43.5%, black (African) 30.2%, mixed 16.7%, Amerindian 9.1%, other 0.5% (2002 census)
Religions : Protestant 30.5% (Pentecostal 16.9%, Anglican 6.9%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Methodist 1.7%), Hindu 28.4%, Roman Catholic 8.1%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.1%, Muslim 7.2%, other Christian 17.7%, other 4.3%, none 4.3% (2002 census)
Languages : English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), Urdu
Literacy : definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 91.8%
male: 92%
female: 91.6% (2002 Census)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) : total: 11 years
Education expenditures : 3.6% of GDP (2011)
Child labour - children ages 5-14 : total number: 30,255
percentage: 16 % (2006 est.)
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 : total: 46.05%
male: 43.59%
female: 50% (2011)
 

 
 

 



 


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