Colombia People 2014


Colombia People 2014

Page last updated on January 31, 2014

noun: Colombian(s)
adjective: Colombian

Ethnic groups:
mestizo 58%, white 20%, mulatto 14%, black 4%, mixed black-Amerindian 3%, Amerindian 1%

Spanish (official)

Roman Catholic 90%, other 10%

Demographic profile:
Colombia is in the midst of a demographic transition resulting from steady declines in its fertility, mortality, and population growth rates. The birth rate has fallen from more than 6 children per woman in the 1960s to just above replacement level today as a result of increased literacy, family planning services, and urbanization. However, income inequality is among the worst in the world, and more than a third of the population lives below the poverty line.

Colombia experiences significant legal and illegal economic emigration and refugee flows. Large-scale labor emigration dates to the 1960s; Venezuela and the United States continue to be the main host countries. Colombia is the largest source of Latin American refugees in Latin America, nearly 400,000 of whom live primarily in Venezuela and Ecuador. Forced displacement remains prevalent because of violence among guerrillas, paramilitary groups, and Colombian security forces. Afro-Colombian and indigenous populations are disproportionately affected. A leading NGO estimates that 5.2 million people have been displaced since 1985, while the Colombian Government estimates 3.6 million since 2000. These estimates may undercount actual numbers because not all internally displaced persons are registered. Historically, Colombia also has one of the world's highest levels of forced disappearances. About 30,000 cases have been recorded over the last four decades - although the number is likely to be much higher - including human rights activists, trade unionists, Afro-Colombians, indigenous people, and farmers in rural conflict zones.

45,745,783 (July 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 30
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Age structure:
0-14 years: 25.8% (male 6,032,725/female 5,755,437)
[see also: Age structure 0-14 years country ranks ]
15-24 years: 18.2% (male 4,241,621/female 4,101,552)
25-54 years: 41.5% (male 9,376,745/female 9,597,744)
55-64 years: 8% (male 1,705,451/female 1,962,606)
65 years and over: 6.5% (male 1,242,980/female 1,728,922) (2013 est.)

Dependency ratios:
total dependency ratio: 51.2 %
[see also: Dependency ratios - total dependency ratio country ranks ]
youth dependency ratio: 41.9 %
elderly dependency ratio: 9.3 %
potential support ratio: 10.7 (2013)

Median age:
total: 28.6 years
[see also: Median age - total country ranks ]
male: 27.6 years
female: 29.5 years (2013 est.)

Population growth rate:
1.1% (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 108
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Birth rate:
16.98 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 118
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Death rate:
5.33 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 178
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Net migration rate:
-0.66 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 142
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urban population: 75% of total population (2010)
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rate of urbanization: 1.7% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Major urban areas - population:
BOGOTA (capital) 8.744 million; Medellin 3.497 million; Cali 2.352 million; Barranquilla 1.836 million; Bucaramanga 1.065 million (2011)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
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0-14 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.86 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.72 male(s)/female
total population: 0.98 male(s)/female (2013 est.)

Mother's mean age at first birth:
note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2010 est.)
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Maternal mortality rate:
92 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)
country comparison to the world: 81
[see also: Maternal mortality rate country ranks ]

Infant mortality rate:
total: 15.46 deaths/1,000 live births
country comparison to the world: 106
male: 18.77 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 11.96 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 75.02 years
country comparison to the world: 99
male: 71.82 years
female: 78.42 years (2013 est.)

Total fertility rate:
2.1 children born/woman (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 111
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Contraceptive prevalence rate:
79.1% (2010)
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Health expenditures:
6.1% of GDP (2011)
country comparison to the world: 106
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Physicians density:
1.47 physicians/1,000 population (2010)
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Hospital bed density:
1.4 beds/1,000 population (2011)
[see also: Hospital bed density country ranks ]

Drinking water source:

urban: 99.6% of population
rural: 72.5% of population
total: 92.9% of population
urban: 0.4% of population
rural: 27.5% of population
total: 7.1% of population (2011 est.)

Sanitation facility access:

urban: 82.3% of population
rural: 65.4% of population
total: 78.1% of population
urban: 17.7% of population
rural: 34.6% of population
total: 21.9% of population (2011 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
0.5% (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 66
[see also: HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
160,000 (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 32
[see also: HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS country ranks ]

HIV/AIDS - deaths:
14,000 (2009 est.)
country comparison to the world: 20
[see also: HIV/AIDS - deaths country ranks ]

Major infectious diseases:
degree of risk: high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea
vectorborne diseases: dengue fever, malaria, and yellow fever (2013)

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:
17.3% (2008)
country comparison to the world: 112
[see also: Obesity - adult prevalence rate country ranks ]

Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
3.4% (2010)
country comparison to the world: 106
[see also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight country ranks ]

Education expenditures:
4.5% of GDP (2011)
country comparison to the world: 93
[see also: Education expenditures - percent of GDP country ranks ]

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.6%
male: 93.5%
female: 93.7% (2011 est.)

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2011)

Child labor - children ages 5-14:
total number: 988,362
[see also: Child labor - children ages 5-14 - total number country ranks ]
percentage: 9 %
note: data represents children ages 5-17 (2009 est.)

Unemployment, youth ages 15-24
total: 21.9%
country comparison to the world: 53
male: 17%
female: 28.9% (2011)

NOTE: 1) The information regarding Colombia on this page is re-published from the 2014 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Colombia People 2014 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Colombia People 2014 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order

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