Population of Dominican Republic 2017

Population

Current population of Dominican Republic is 10,734,247 people (July 2017 est.).

Nationality

noun: Dominican(s)
adjective: Dominican

Ethnic Groups

mixed 73%, white 16%, black 11%

Languages

Spanish (official)

Religions

Roman Catholic 95%, other 5%

Age Structure

0-14 years: 26.63% (male 1,454,527/female 1,404,538)
15-24 years: 18.18% (male 993,642/female 957,466)
25-54 years: 39.66% (male 2,178,477/female 2,078,371)
55-64 years: 7.9% (male 426,810/female 421,727)
65 years and over: 7.63% (male 378,226/female 440,463) (2017 est.)

Dependency Ratios

total dependency ratio: 57.8
youth dependency ratio: 47.3
elderly dependency ratio: 10.5
potential support ratio: 9.5 (2015 est.)

Median Age

total: 27.8 years
male: 27.6 years
female: 28 years (2016 est.)

Population Growth Rate

1.2% (2017 est.)

Birth Rate

18.4 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)

Death Rate

4.7 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)

Net Migration Rate

-1.9 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)

Population Distribution

coastal development is significant, especially in the southern coastal plains and the Cibao Valley, where population density is highest; smaller population clusters exist in the interior mountains (Cordillera Central)

Urbanization

urban population: 80.6% of total population (2017)
rate of urbanization: 2% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)

Major Urban Areas – Population:

SANTO DOMINGO (capital) 2.945 million (2015)

Sex Ratio

at birth: 1.04 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.86 male(s)/female
total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2016 est.)

Mother’s Mean Age at First Birth

21.3 years

note: median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2013 est.)

Maternal Mortality Rate

92 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)

Infant Mortality Rate

total: 18.1 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 20 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 16.2 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)

Life Expectancy at Birth

total population: 78.1 years
male: 75.9 years
female: 80.5 years (2016 est.)

Total Fertility Rate

2.29 children born/woman (2017 est.)

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate

69.5% (2014)

Health Expenditures

4.4% of GDP (2014)

Physicians Density

1.49 physicians/1,000 population (2011)

Hospital Bed Density

1.7 beds/1,000 population (2011)

Drinking Water Source

improved:
urban: 85.4% of population
rural: 81.9% of population
total: 84.7% of population

unimproved
urban: 14.6% of population
rural: 18.1% of population
total: 15.3% of population (2015 est.)

Sanitation Facility Access

improved:
urban: 86.2% of population
rural: 75.7% of population
total: 84% of population

unimproved
urban: 13.8% of population
rural: 24.3% of population
total: 16% of population (2015 est.)

HIV/AIDS – Adult Prevalence Rate

1% (2016 est.)

HIV/AIDS – People Living with HIV/AIDS

67,000 (2016 est.)

HIV/AIDS – Deaths

2,200 (2016 est.)

Major Infectious Disease

degree of risk: high
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
vectorborne disease: dengue fever

note: active local transmission of Zika virus by Aedes species mosquitoes has been identified in this country (as of August 2016); it poses an important risk (a large number of cases possible) among US citizens if bitten by an infective mosquito; other less common ways to get Zika are through sex, via blood transfusion, or during pregnancy, in which the pregnant woman passes Zika virus to her fetus (2016)

Obesity – Adult Prevalence Rate

23% (2014)

Children Under the Age of 5 Years Underweight

4% (2013)

Education Expenditures

2.1% of GDP (2007)

Literacy

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.8%
male: 91.2%
female: 92.3% (2015 est.)

School Life Expectancy (Primary to Tertiary Education)

total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2014)

Unemployment, Youth Ages 15-24

total: 10.8%
male: 7.7%
female: 15.8% (2015 est.)