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Nationality: Noun and adjective--Barbadian(s); also "Bajan(s)." Population (2003 estimate): 276, 607 (WF). Avg. annual growth rate (2001): 0.4%.
Ethnic groups: Black 90%, White 4%, Asian or mixed 6% (WF).
Religions: Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12% (WF).
Education: Attendance--primary school 100%, secondary school 93%. Adult literacy--99%.
Health: Infant mortality rate (1998)--7.8/1,000. Life expectancy--70.9 yrs. (WF) men; 76.12 yrs. women (2002 est. WF).
Work force (2001, 142,000): Commerce, tourism, government, manufacturing, construction, mining, agriculture, fishing.
Unemployment (2001): 9.9%.
About 90% of Barbados' population is of African descent, 4% European descent, and 6% Asian or mixed. About 40% of Barbadians are Anglican, and the rest mostly Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, and Moravian. There also are small Jewish and Muslim communities. Barbados' population growth rate has been very low, less than 1% since the1960s, largely due to family planning efforts and a high emigration rate.