Demographics of the Dominican Republic

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

Population[edit]

According to the 2012 revison of the World Population Prospects the total population was 10,017,000 in 2010, compared to only 2,380,000 in 1950. The proportion of children below the age of 15 in 2010 was 31.2%, 62.8% was between 15 and 65 years of age, while 6% was 65 years or older .[1]

Total population
(x 1000)
Proportion
aged 0–14
(%)
Proportion
aged 15–64
(%)
Proportion
aged 65+
(%)
1950 2 380 45.5 51.7 2.7
1955 2 796 46.3 51.1 2.6
1960 3 312 48.2 49.2 2.6
1965 3 900 48.9 48.5 2.6
1970 4 524 47.7 49.7 2.7
1975 5 169 45.3 51.9 2.8
1980 5 826 42.6 54.4 3.1
1985 6 524 40.4 56.2 3.4
1990 7 245 38.5 57.6 3.9
1995 7 978 37.0 58.5 4.5
2000 8 663 34.9 59.9 5.1
2005 9 343 33.1 61.3 5.7
2010 10 017 31.2 62.8 6.0

Largest cities and metropolitan areas[edit]

Vital statistics[edit]

UN estimates[edit]

Registration of vital events is in the Dominican Republic not complete. The Population Departement of the United Nations prepared the following estimates. [1]

Period Live births
per year
Deaths
per year
Natural change
per year
CBR* CDR* NC* TFR* IMR* Life expectancy
total
Life expectancy
males
Life expectancy
females
1950-1955 140 000 53 000 87 000 54.3 20.5 33.8 7.60 153 46.0 44.7 47.3
1955-1960 163 000 54 000 109 000 53.4 17.6 35.8 7.64 139 49.9 48.6 51.4
1960-1965 178 000 52 000 126 000 49.5 14.5 35.0 7.35 124 53.6 52.1 55.2
1965-1970 186 000 50 000 136 000 44.2 11.8 32.3 6.65 109 56.9 55.4 58.7
1970-1975 190 000 47 000 143 000 39.2 9.7 29.6 5.68 96 59.8 58.1 61.8
1975-1980 194 000 46 000 149 000 35.4 8.3 27.1 4.76 86 62.0 60.3 64.0
1980-1985 206 000 46 000 160 000 33.4 7.5 25.9 4.15 75 64.0 62.1 66.1
1985-1990 213 000 46 000 168 000 31.0 6.7 24.3 3.65 63 66.5 64.3 69.0
1990-1995 218 000 46 000 172 000 28.7 6.0 22.7 3.31 48 69.0 66.5 71.9
1995-2000 215 000 50 000 165 000 25.8 6.0 19.8 2.98 41 70.0 67.3 73.1
2000-2005 219 000 54 000 165 000 24.4 6.0 18.4 2.83 35 71.1 68.1 74.4
2005-2010 221 000 58 000 163 000 22.8 6.0 16.8 2.67 30 72.2 69.2 75.5
* CBR = crude birth rate (per 1000); CDR = crude death rate (per 1000); NC = natural change (per 1000); IMR = infant mortality rate per 1000 births; TFR = total fertility rate (number of children per woman)

Fertility and Births[edit]

Total Fertility Rate (TFR) and Crude Birth Rate (CBR):[2]


Year CBR (Total) TFR (Total) CBR (Urban) TFR (Urban) CBR (Rural) TFR (Rural)
1965-69 7,1
1970-74 5,8
1975-79 4,7
1980-82 4,31
1983-85 3,69
1991 30,1 3,3 29,7 2,8 30,5 4,4
1996 27,7 3,2 24,4 2,8 29,8 4,0
2002 25,2 3,0 25,3 2,8 24,9 3,3
2007 20,4 2,4 20,0 2,3 21,4 2,8

CIA World Factbook statistics[edit]

The following data are from the CIA World Factbook (update of January 15, 2010),[3] unless otherwise indicated.

Urbanization[edit]

Urban population: 69% of total population (2008)
rate of urbanization: 2.6% annual rate of change (2005-10 est.)

Ethnic groups[edit]

CIA World Factbook: (1960) mixed 73%, White 16%, Black 11%.

Religions[edit]

Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%

Languages[edit]

Spanish, Haitian Creole, Samaná English, Dominican Sign Language

Literacy[edit]

definition: age 15 and older can read and write
total population: 87%
male: 86.8%
female: 87.2% (2002 census)

References[edit]