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China

PEOPLE
Population:
  1,261,832,482 (July 2000 est.)
Age Structure:
  0-14 years: 25% (male 168,040,006; female 152,826,953)
15-64 years: 68% (male 439,736,737; female 413,454,673)
65 years and over: 7% (male 41,200,297; female 46,573,816) (2000 est.)
Population Growth Rate:
  0.9% (2000 est.)
Birth Rate:
  16.12 births/1,000 population (2000 est.)
Death Rate:
  .73 deaths/1,000 population (2000 est.)
Net Migration Rate:
  -0.4 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2000 est.)
Sex Ratio:
  at birth: 1.15 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.1 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.88 male(s)/female
total population: 1.06 male(s)/female (2000 est.)
Infant Mortality Rate:
  28.92 deaths/1,000 live births (2000 est.)
Life Expectancy at Birth:
  total population: 71.38 years
male: 69.6 years
female: 73.33 years (2000 est.)
Total Fertility Rate:
  1.82 children born/woman (2000 est.)
Nationality:
  noun: Chinese (singular and plural)
adjective: Chinese
Ethnic Groups:
  Han Chinese 91.9%, Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities 8.1%
Religions:
  Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Muslim 2%-3%, Christian 1% (est.) note: officially atheist
Languages:
  Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages (see Ethnic groups entry)
Literacy:
  definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 81.5%
male: 89.9%
female: 72.7% (1995 est.)


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