Country at a glance
- Population: 4,299,944 (July 2016 est.)
- Population growth rate 2.1% (2008 census)
- Official Language: English
- Issues: Liberia’s 14-year civil war (1989-2003)
- 42.3% of both male and female is around the age of 0-14 years: (male 917,354/female 901,627)
- 18.9% of both male and female is around the age of 15-24 years: (male 400,013/female 412,869)
- Liberia has a young population, more than 60% of the population is under the age of 25
Source: 2017 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES retrieved from http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/liberia/liberia_people.html
- No Education
According to Liberia’s Demographic and Health Survey 33% of women and 13% of men between the ages of 15-49 are uneducated and 19% of citizens between the ages of 15-24 and 40% of those between 25-34 are illiterate according to the Ministry of Education.
- Not in School
Fewer than 40% of children graduate from primary school and in 2016 two-thirds of primary school aged children were not going to school.
- Some Education
- Thirty-six percent of women and 58 percent of men have at least some secondary school education.
- Literacy rates are low in Liberia: definition: age 15 and over can read and write. Total population: 47.6%
- Students graduate from high school at the average age of 25
- Liberia currently ranks 139th out of 149 in term of educational quality according to the Legatum Institute.
West African Examination Council (WAEC): high failure rates for WAEC exams
Source: 2013 Liberia Demographic and Health Survey (LDHS) undertaken by the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS)
Economic & Unemployment,
youth ages 15-24
- According to the Core Welfare Indicators Questionnaire (CWIQ), 64% of Liberians are living in abject poverty. More than three-quarters (76.2%) of the population lives on less than US $1.00 a day, and over half (52%) lives on less than US$.50 a day.1
Total unemployment between ages 15-24 is: 5.1% [see also: Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 – total country ranks ]
- Overall unemployment in Liberia is seemingly low at 2.8% nationally
- Approximately 27% of children under-five years are underweight. In addition, an estimated 7% are wasted, while 39% are stunted (CFSNS, 2006)
- Access to improved drinking water- 75% (93% urban, 58% rural) (2009 LMIS)
- Access to adequate sanitation- 44% (63% urban, 27% rural) (2009 LMIS)
Source: Demographic and Health Survey (2007), UNDP Human Development Report (2010), Liberia Malaria Indicator Survey (2009), United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2008), Liberia Poverty Reduction Strategy (2008), Core Welfare Indicator Questionnaire (2007), World Bank and IMF Economic Outlook (April 2010).