Belize Demographics And Population Data

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According to the the 2010 Belize Population Census, Belize demographics as reflected by ethnicity exhibited the following trends:

Latino, Creole, Maya, Garifuna and Mennonite remained the five largest ethnic groups. Latinos are the largest group, with its share of the total population growing from from 49% to 50%. Creoles accounted for 21%, down from 25%. Maya and Garifuna made up 10% and 4.6% respectively.The number of Garifunas and East Indians remained at their 2000 levels. About 19 thousand persons or 6% of the population claimed to be of mixed ethnic origin.

Population:

321,115 (July 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 177
Age structure:
0-14 years: 36.8% (male 60,327/female 57,933)
15-64 years: 59.6% (male 96,886/female 94,605)
65 years and over: 3.5% (male 5,404/female 5,960) (2011 est.)

Median age:

total: 21 years
male: 20.8 years
female: 21.2 years (2011 est.)

Population growth rate:

2.056% (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 45

Birth rate:

26.43 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 53

Death rate:

5.87 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 169

Urbanization:

urban population: 52% of total population (2010)
rate of urbanization: 2.7% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Sex ratio:

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.91 male(s)/female
total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2011 est.)

Maternal mortality rate:

94 deaths/100,000 live births (2008)
country comparison to the world: 75

Infant mortality rate:

total: 21.95 deaths/1,000 live births
country comparison to the world: 91
male: 24.43 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 19.35 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 68.23 years
country comparison to the world: 154
male: 66.53 years
female: 70.02 years (2011 est.)

Total fertility rate:

3.21 children born/woman (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 52

Source: CIA World Fact Book July 2011

Tabulable Belize Population by Ethnicity and District, 2010p

Corozal

Orange Walk

Belize

Cayo

Stann Creek

Toledo

Total

2010

2000

Total

39,539

44,804

87,523

70,157

31,514

29,885

303,422

232,111

Asian

266

344

1,220

648

265

80

2,823

1,716

Black/African

65

41

729

199

79

38

1,151

582

Caucasian/White

341

98

1,156

787

476

241

3,099

1,758

Creole

2,151

2,402

42,107

10,247

5,128

1,022

63,057

57,859

East Indian

1,142

159

2,041

806

917

1,421

6,486

6,868

Garifuna

235

262

3,578

975

7,518

1,417

13,985

14,061

Hindu

106

76

320

50

28

7

587

n.a

Lebanese

52

0

146

39

3

0

240

n.a

Maya ‐Ketchi

68

72

837

1,408

1,333

13,691

17,409

12,366

Maya ‐Mopan

84

237

627

1,936

3,166

4,507

10,557

8,980

Maya ‐Yucatec

289

164

166

1,469

29

24

2,141

3,155

Mennonite

2,566

4,852

353

2,809

46

239

10,865

8,276

Mestizo/Spanish/Latino

30,061

34,616

26,974

44,445

9,501

5,324

150,921

113,045

Other

30

40

356

164

132

40

762

2,610

Mixed ethnicity

1,893

1,355

6,835

4,145

2,885

1,834

18,947

DK/NS

190

86

78

30

8

0

392

835

Religion

The Roman Catholic faith is the single largest religion, but with its share of the total population falling from 50% to 40%. Pentecostalism, the second largest religion, saw its share of the population increasing from 7.4% to 8.5%.  The number of persons who said they did not belong to any religion doubled. This group is larger than any of the main religions except  Roman Catholicism.

Tabulable Belize Population by Religious Denomination and District, 2010p

Corozal

Orange Walk

Belize

Cayo

Stann Creek

Toledo

Total

2010

2000

Total

39,304

44,403

89,956

69,409

31,274

29,760

304,106

232,111

Anglican

383

501

9,875

1,498

1,503

256

14,016

12,386

Bahai Faith

27

14

46

68

43

4

202

205

Baptist

622

424

3,978

1,843

1,757

2,385

11,009

8,077

Buddhism

57

104

379

159

49

9

757

n.a

Hinduism

106

92

344

41

22

7

612

367

Islam

67

1

428

48

29

4

577

243

Jehovah’s Witness

709

1,018

1,467

1,083

506

331

5,114

3,366

Mennonite

2,552

4,915

554

2,812

210

615

11,658

9,497

Methodist

528

299

6,193

367

857

577

8,821

8,024

Mormon

130

192

397

500

68

6

1,293

928

Nazarene

821

152

1,987

2,605

1,262

1,833

8,660

6,117

Pentecostal

1,721

2,029

5,378

10,838

2,839

3,094

25,899

17,189

Rastafarian

13

18

250

113

93

36

523

n.a

Roman Catholic

18,371

19,916

34,416

24,229

12,850

13,228

123,010

115,035

Seventh Day Adventist

3,988

2,302

5,519

3,011

1,373

472

16,665

12,160

Salvation Army

13

5

244

100

6

2

370

371

Other

2,666

6,891

5,556

6,268

2,244

3,028

26,653

14,984

None

6,464

5,495

12,547

13,660

5,527

3,818

47,511

21,795

DK/NS

66

35

398

166

36

55

756

1,367

Education

About 88 thousand persons were enrolled in formal education: 63,700 at the primary level, 17,200 secondary and 7,400 tertiary.

Males slightly outnumbered females up to primary education.Females outnumber males by a ratio of two to one at the university level. In terms of highest level of education completed, females outnumber males from secondary to university level.

Belize School Enrollment by Level, Sex and District, 2010p

Corozal

Orange Walk

Belize

Cayo

Stann Creek

Toledo

Total

Total 

9,912

11,784

25,581

21,349

9,465

9,900

87,991

Pre‐school

762

628

2,411

1,030

741

663

6,235

Primary

7,340

8,806

16,351

15,470

6,917

7,809

62,693

Secondary

1,786

1,932

6,130

3,726

1,985

1,639

17,198

Post Secondary

573

616

1,940

1,305

373

291

5,098

University

171

266

988

690

139

110

2,364

Other

41

152

164

145

50

50

602

DK/NS

1

12

8

13

1

1

36

Male

4,935

5,946

12,248

10,486

4,654

5,023

43,292

Pre‐school

370

305

1,218

525

374

344

3,136

Primary

3,688

4,501

8,232

7,898

3,554

3,966

31,839

Secondary

876

959

2,848

1,703

896

864

8,146

Post Secondary

263

261

743

557

127

121

2,072

University

83

130

330

231

47

39

860

Other

24

89

92

88

29

32

354

DK/NS

1

6

3

9

1

1

21

Female

4,977

5,838

13,333

10,863

4,811

4,877

44,699

Pre‐school

392

323

1,193

505

367

319

3,099

Primary

3,652

4,305

8,119

7,572

3,363

3,843

30,854

Secondary

910

973

3,282

2,023

1,089

775

9,052

Post Secondary

310

355

1,197

748

246

170

3,026

University

88

136

658

459

92

71

1,504

Other

17

63

72

57

21

18

248

DK/NS

6

5

4

15

Belize Labour Force

The Belize Census shows the size of the national labor force increased by 46% to 131 thousand. About 30 thousand persons were without a job at the time they were interviewed, yielding a national unemployment rate of 23.1% compared to 20.3% in 2000. About two-thirds of the persons 14 years and over were either working or looking for a job. This is 3 percentage points higher than in 2000. (LFPR).

Women recorded twice the unemployment rate of men (16.7%). In Toledo and the northern districts, it was as much as three times. Cayo(26.2%) and Corozal(24.5%) experienced the highest rates of unemployment. Persons who have completed university enjoyed a much lower unemployment rate (6.3%).

Males generally earned more than females. In 2010, their average(median) monthly income was $922 compared to $882 for females. These figures are approximately 35% higher than in 2000. The public sector continued to account for about 15% of the employed population.

Population 14 years and over by Sex, Economic Activity Status and District, 2010p

Corozal

Orange Walk

Belize

Cayo

Stann Creek

Toledo

Total

2010

2000

Total

26,290

28,985

60,519

45,301

20,238

17,449

198,888

142,505

Labour force (LF)

16,972

17,869

42,443

29,470

13,414

10,463

130,717

89,572

Employed

12,815

14,217

32,841

21,759

10,589

8,252

100,537

71,431

Unemployed

4,157

3,652

9,602

7,711

2,825

2,211

30,180

18,141

Not in labour force

9,318

11,116

18,076

15,831

6,824

6,986

68,171

52,933

Unemployment rate (%)

24.5

20.4

22.6

26.2

21.1

21.1

23.1

20.3

LF participation rate (%)

64.6

61.6

70.1

65.1

66.3

60.0

65.7

62.9

Male

13,144

14,668

29,524

22,513

10,587

8,780

99,284

71,411

Labour force

10,807

11,890

23,390

18,056

8,478

7,108

79,760

57,789

Employed

9,180

10,371

18,989

14,530

7,166

6,194

66,453

50,227

Unemployed

1,627

1,519

4,401

3,526

1,312

914

13,307

7,562

Not in labour force

2,337

2,778

6,134

4,457

2,109

1,672

19,524

13,622

Unemployment rate (%)

15.1

12.8

18.8

19.5

15.5

12.9

16.7

13.1

LF participation rate (%)

82.2

81.1

79.2

80.2

80.1

81.0

80.3

80.9

Female

13,146

14,317

30,995

22,788

9,651

8,669

99,604

71,094

Labour Force

6,165

5,979

19,053

11,414

4,936

3,355

50,957

31,783

Employed

3,635

3,846

13,852

7,229

3,423

2,058

34,084

21,204

Unemployed

2,530

2,133

5,201

4,185

1,513

1,297

16,873

10,579

Not in labour force

6,981

8,338

11,942

11,374

4,715

5,314

48,647

39,311

Unemployment rate (%)

41.0

35.7

27.3

36.7

30.7

38.7

33.1

33.3

LF participation rate (%)

46.9

41.8

61.5

50.1

51.1

38.7

51.2

44.7

Foreign Born Population

Guatemala (19K) remained the single largest source of FBP. El Salvador and Honduras supplied about seven thousand persons each. About 42% of the FBP are between 25 and 44 years old.  Sixty percent had at primary education at most. As in 2000, FBP enjoyed a lower unemployment rate (17.7%) than the national average (males -11.0% and females -29.0%).

Foreign‐born Population by Country of Birth and District of Residence, 2010p

Corozal

Orange Walk

Belize

Cayo

Stann Creek

Toledo

Total

2010

2000

Total

3,834

5,104

11,550

14,548

6,005

5,185

46,226

33,424

Guatemala

1,011

1,996

2,295

7,600

2,496

3,478

18,876

14,691

El Salvador

579

943

1,835

2,950

455

305

7,067

6,044

Honduras

263

433

2,412

987

1,917

892

6,904

4,960

Mexico

1,032

929

354

436

29

41

2,821

2,351

USA

304

156

1,299

851

463

206

3,279

1,746

Canada

95

74

154

254

58

29

664

443

Jamaica

19

11

245

74

40

8

397

367

China

152

132

733

286

203

61

1,567

1,543

All Others

379

430

2,223

1,110

344

165

4,651

1,279

Source: Belize Population Census Report 2012