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Demographics of Barbados

The total population of Barbados is 286,388 people. The people of Barbados speak English. The linguistic diversity of Barbados is vaguely diverse according to a fractionation scale, which is 0.0926 for Barbados. The average age is around 37.6 years. Life expectancy in Barbados is 78 years. The female fertility rate in Barbados is 1.7. About 35% of Barbados' population is obese. Ethnic diversity is almost uniform according to a fractionation scale, which for Barbados is 0.1423. Details about the language, religion, age, gender distribution and advancement of the people of Barbados can be found in the following sections, as well as the section on education in the country.


Population

In Barbados, the population density is 638 people per square kilometer (1660 per square mile). Based on these statistics, this country is considered to be very densely populated. The total population of Barbados is 286,388 people. Barbados has approximately 34,475 foreign immigrants. Immigrants in Barbados make up 0.1 percent of the total number of immigrants in the world. Immigrants in Barbados make up 11.3 percent of the total number of immigrants worldwide. Barbados' ethnic diversity is nearly uniform according to a fractionalization scale based on ethnicity. Ethnic fractionalization (EF) is about the number, size, socioeconomic distribution and geographical location of different cultural groups, usually within a state or otherwise demarcated area. Specific cultural characteristics may refer, alone or in combination, to language, skin color, religion, ethnicity, customs and traditions, history, or other distinctive criteria. These characteristics are often used for social exclusion and monopolization of power. The ethnic fractionalization index in Barbados is 0.1423. This means that the people living in Barbados belong to a small group of ethnic groups that are all related to each other. EF is usually measured as 1 minus the Herfindahl concentration index of ethnolinguistic group proportions, which reflects the probability that two randomly selected individuals from the population belong to different groups. The theoretical maximum of EF of 1 means that each person belongs to a different group. Below you will find statistics about Barbados on the average age and gender distribution at different ages.


Old

The average age is around 37.6 years. The average age of men is 36.5 years, while the average age of women is 38.7 years.


Gender

The sex ratio, or number of males per female (estimated at birth), is 1.013. It can be further divided into the following categories: sex ratio under 15 – 1; Sex ratio from 15 to 64 - 0.97; sex ratio over 64 - 0.64; Overall gender ratio - 0.94. The overall sex ratio differs from the sex ratio estimated at birth. This is because some newborns are included in the estimated sex ratio at birth, but die within the first few weeks of life and are not included in the overall sex ratio.


Religion

The majority religion of Barbados is Christianity, whose followers make up 95.2% of all believers in the country. Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as set forth in the New Testament. Christianity is the largest religion in the world with over 2.4 billion followers known as Christians. Christians believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of humanity, whose coming as Christ or Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament. In addition to Christianity, there are several other religions in the country. Other religions in Barbados include Islam and Hinduism. Barbados' religious diversity is quite diverse according to a fractionalization scale based on the number of religions in Barbados. The religious fractionalization index in Barbados is 0.6934. This value means that Barbados has several major religions that are evenly distributed.



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