Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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Head Count

2000 Population

• Canada* 31,278,000
• Mexico* 100,350,000
• USA 281,421,906
*estimated
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The Children are the Future

Percent of population under age 15, 2000.

• Canada 19%
• Mexico 34%
• USA 22%
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

Go to School

Estimated number of years of school completed, 1995.

• Canada 16.8
• Mexico 11.1
• USA 15.9
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

Stop by for a Visit

Tourist arrivals, 1997

• Canada 17,636,000
• Mexico 19,351,000
• USA 47,752,000
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

Extend-a-Stay

Number of refugees

• Canada 159,000
• Mexico 28,300
• USA 1,146,400
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

Bring Home the Bacon

GDP per capita (U.S. $), 1997

• Canada $20,082
• Mexico $4,265
• USA $28,789
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

Plugged-in

Energy consumption per capita (kilograms oil equiv.):

• Canada 7,960
• Mexico 1,408
• USA 8,040
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

Minority count*

USA Canada
Asian 4.2% 8.1%
Black 12.9% 2.0%
Hispanic** 12.5% 0.4%
*Data for Mexico not available.
**“Hispanic� for Canada is the percent of Canadians of Latin, Central, or South American ethnic origin.
Source: Statistics Canada, 1996;
U.S. Census Bureau, 2000

Working women

Participation in adult economic activity:*

male female
Canada 72% 1 58% 1
Mexico 85% 39%
USA 75% 2 60% 2
*Defines all employed and unemployed persons, including those seeking work for the first time.
1Excluding full-time members of the armed forces and indigenous populations living on reserves.
2Age 16 and over, excluding armed forces.
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

Unemployment rate

• Canada, 1999 7.8%
• Mexico, 1997 2.7%
• USA, 1999 4.2%
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

COUNTRY BY COUNTRY

% URBAN ANNUAL URBAN

GROWTH RATE
Canada 77% 1.1 %
Mexico 73% 1.9 %
USA 76% 1.1 %
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

WORD TRAVELS

Motor

Vehicles

(PER 1,000)
Telephones

(PER 100)
Daily Newspaper

circulation

(PER 1,000)
TVs

(PER 1,000)
Canada 563 60.9 158 710
Mexico 138 9.6 97 272
USA 765 64.4 212 806
Source: United Nations Statistics Division

Don't let the name fool you: We at American Demographics are not as single-minded as our name implies. To prove it, we're dedicating this page to our friends beyond the Land of the Brave. In getting to know our neighboring countrymen, we discovered some interesting bet-you-didn't-know facts. For instance, south of our border, 34 percent of all Mexicans are under the age of 15, according to the United Nations Statistics Division. That means more than a third of the nation's residents were born after the Mario Brothers saved their first princess. Talk about a Baby Boom. And anyone who thought that all Canadians spoke either English or French have it wrong. In fact, almost 3 percent of Canadians speak Chinese — the country's third most-spoken language, according to Statistics Canada, the Canuck's equivalent of our Census Bureau. For comparison, less than 1 percent of the U.S. population speaks Chinese (0.57 percent); ranking 5th. Interesting, eh?

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