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Jamaica

Although Jamaica has recorded improvements in its human development index (HDI), large segments of the population continue to struggle with poverty. Those in rural areas, children, the elderly, and female-headed households account for the greater portion of the poor. The fragility of the economy and high levels of external debt serve to further entrench poverty. Known for its music and sprint stars, Jamaica is home to approximately 2.7 million persons. The country has a ratio of 97.9 males to every 100 females. Approximately 26 percent of the population is below the age of 15, whereas an estimated 48 percent are 15 to 44 years old. Persons 45 to 64 years old account for 18 percent of the population, and the elderly (65 and over) make ...

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