Population: Annual rate of increase thought to
approximately 2.5 percent in mid-1980s. Projected total
population to be just over 7 million by mid-1990.
Ethnic Groups: Majority of mid-1980s population
(approximately 73 percent) mulatto, a legacy of black
during colonial period. Approximately 16 percent of
white; 11 percent black.
Education and Literacy: An estimated 74 percent
population literate in 1986. Education system included six
of compulsory primary education, an additional six years
secondary education, and higher education at one of more
twenty-six postsecondary institutions. Major university
public institution was Autonomous University of Santo
(Universidad Autónoma de Santa Domingo--UASD).
Health: State-funded health programs reached 78
percent of population. Facilities concentrated in Santo
and Santiago de los Caballeros (Santiago); service in
suffered accordingly. Main causes of death pulmonary
diseases and intestinal diseases. Average life expectancy
years for 1980-84 period.
Religion: More than 90 percent Roman Catholic.
Protestant groups also active; Evangelicals most
Data as of December 1989