The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Census Gives Snapshot of Namibia's Population

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Close to 20% of the population aged 15 and older was married with certificate.

On average, women gave birth to 3,6 children. The average age of a woman at the birth of her first child was 21,4.

Nearly 90% of the population older than 15 were literate. However, only 10% of children up to four was attending early childhood development programmes in rural areas.

About 2,7% of all children had no parents, while 13% had lost one parent. In total, there were 2 953 orphan-headed households in Namibia in 2011, representing 0,6% of all households in the country.

The average size of a household was 4,4 persons. Almost half of all households relied on wages and salaries as their main source of income. Sixteen percent relied on farming, while 14% was dependent on old age pensions.

About 38% of all households lived in traditional dwellings, while 16% lived in shacks. The census report states that shacks are found largely in urban areas where they constitute about 27% of all dwellings. By contrast, only 5% of rural households live in shacks.

Nearly 49% of all households used Oshiwambo as their main language, followed by Nama/Damara (11,3%) and Afrikaans (10,4%). Only 3,4% of all households had English as their main language.

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