Haiti Is The Poorest Country In The Caribbean Region

Magloire - January 5 2011, 3:46 PM

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere with 80% of the people below the UN poverty line (for singles: less than $1/day income).

The unemployment rate is hard to measure, but it is at least 66%.

The highest source sets the median income at $160/year, i.e. less than 50 cents a day. The average income is at most around $480/year.

There are many sources putting these numbers at about half these values.

There is a highly inadequate supply of potable water.

Their language is (Haitian) Creole; more educated people know French.

Haiti gained independence from France on Jan 1, 1804.
The population is 8.9 mio people.

The median age is 18.5 years, that means half the people are adults and the other half are children.

Life expectancy is 57.5 years.

53% of people cannot read or write.

An estimated half of the population practices voodoo.

16% are Protestant Christians with 4% being Pentecostal.

The AIDS rate is 5.6%, with probably a high number of people HIV infected without knowing it.
The four hurricanes that hit Haiti in 2008 put the developments in Haiti back by 5 years

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