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Latin America & Caribbean
** Population - Family - Households **
 

Number of women for 100 men(1995) 

  • Latin America: 100 women for 100 men
  • Caribbean: 103 women for 100 men
  • World: 98,6 women for 100 men
    Sources: Wistat (United Nations)

Percentage of girls and boys of less than 15 years old (1995) 

  • Central America: 40% of girls - 41% of boys
  • South America: 33% of girls - 34% of boys
  • Caribbean: 31% of girls - 34% of boys
    Sources: Wistat (Nations Unies)

Average size of households (1970 & 1990) 

  • Latin America: 5,1 individuals in 1970 - 4,3 individuals in 1990
  • Caribbean: 4,5 individuals in 1970 - 4,1 individuals in 1990 
    Sources: Wistat (Nations Unies)

Percentage of households with a woman as the head of the family (1990) 

  • Latin America: 21%
  • Caribbean: 35% 
    Sources: Wistat (Nations Unies)

Fertility Rate of 15-19 years old women (1990-95) 

  • Central America: 110 births for 1000 women
  • South America: 70 births for 1000 women
  • Caribbean: 60 births for 1000 women 
    Sources: Wistat (Nations Unies)

Percentage of 20-49 years old women who had a child before 20 years old (1986/1992) 

  • Urbain Areas: Bolivia (36%); Brazil (27%); Colombia (28%); Ecuador (34%); Guatemala (40%); Mexico (35%); Paraguay (28%); Peru (28%); Dominican Republic ( 35%); Trinidad and Tobago (50%)
  • Rural Areas:Bolivia (44%); Brazil (34%); Colombia (39%); Ecuador (46%); Guatemala (58%); Mexico (53%); Paraguay (45%); Peru (51%); Dominican Republic ( 53%); Trinidad and Tobago (50%)
    Sources: Macro International Inc., Calverton, Maryland, USA

Number of women for 100 men (1995) 

  • AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS: 109
  • ANTIGUA & BARBADOS: ...
  • ARGENTINA: 102
  • BAHAMAS: 101
  • BARBADOS: 108
  • BELIZE: 97
  • BOLIVIA: 102
  • BRAZIL: 101
  • CHILE: 102
  • COLOMBIA: 102
  • COSTA RICA: 98
  • CUBA: 99
  • DOMINICA: 101
  • EL SALVADOR: 104
  • ECUADOR: 99
  • GRENADA: 107
  • GUADELOUPE: 104
  • GUATEMALA: 98
  • GUYANA: 102
  • GUYANE FRANÇAISE: 90
  • HAITI: 104
  • HONDURAS: 98
  • JAMAICA: 100
  • LEEWARD & WINDWARD: 105
  • MARTINIQUE: 107
  • MEXICO: 101
  • NICARAGUA: 105
  • PANAMA: 97
  • PARAGUAY: 98
  • PERU: 99
  • PORTO RICO: 105
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: 97
  • SAINT LUCIA: 106
  • SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS: 96
  • SAINT-VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: 106
  • SURINAME: 101
  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: 102
  • URUGUAY: 105
  • VENEZUELA: 99 Sources: Wistat (Nations Unies)

Global Fertility Rate (1970-75 & 1990-95) 

Births for 1000 women of 15-19 years old (1990-95) 

  • AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS: ...
  • ANTIGUA & BARBADOS: ...
  • ARGENTINA: 66
  • BAHAMAS: 61
  • BARBADOS: 53
  • BELIZE: ...
  • BOLIVIA: 83
  • BRAZIL: 41
  • CHILE: 66
  • COLOMBIA: 71
  • COSTA RICA: 93
  • CUBA: 82
  • DOMINICA: ...
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: 70
  • EL SALVADOR: 131
  • ECUADOR: 77
  • GRENADA: ...
  • GUADELOUPE: 36
  • GUATEMALA: 123
  • GUYANA: 61
  • GUYANE FRANÇAISE: ...
  • HAITI: 54
  • HONDURAS: 100
  • JAMAICA: 87
  • LEEWARD & WINDWARD: ...
  • MARTINIQUE: 32
  • MEXICO: 88
  • NICARAGUA: 153
  • PANAMA: 83
  • PARAGUAY: 76
  • PERU: 68
  • PORTO RICO: 64
  • SAINT LUCIA: ...
  • SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS: ...
  • SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: ...
  • SURINAME: 62
  • TRINITAD AND TOBAGO: 72
  • URUGUAY: 60
  • VENEZUELA: 71 
    Sources: Wistat (Nations Unies)

Abortion Authorized ? (1994) 

  • AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS: No
  • ANTIGUA & BARBADOS: No
  • LEEWARD & WINDWARD: ...
  • ARGENTINA: No
  • BAHAMAS: No
  • BARBADOS: Yes
  • BELIZE: Yes
  • BOLIVIA: No
  • BRAZIL: No
  • CHILE: No
  • COLOMBIA: No
  • COSTA RICA: No
  • CUBA: Oui
  • DOMINICA: No
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: No
  • EL SALVADOR: No
  • ECUADOR: No
  • GRENADA: No
  • GUADELOUPE: ...
  • GUATEMALA: No
  • GUYANA: No
  • GUYANE FRANÇAISE: No
  • HAITI: No
  • HONDURAS: No
  • JAMAICA: No
  • MARTINIQUE: No
  • MEXICO: No
  • NICARAGUA: No
  • PANAMA: No
  • PARAGUAY: No
  • PERU: No
  • PORTO RICO: No
  • SAINT LUCIA: No
  • SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS: No
  • SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES: No
  • SURINAME: No
  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: No
  • URUGUAY: No
  • VENEZUELA: No Sources: Wistat (Nations Unies)

The statistics used here are from the United Nations, The World' Women 1995 - Trends and Statistics (United Nations publications, Sales No. E.95XII.2
(In French, F.95. XII.2) and are quoted with permission. Further information on United Nations gender statistics may be found at the United Nations
Statistics Division's Internet home page http://www.un.org/Depts/unsd

 

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