Haiti

Learn About Life in Haiti

  • Population
    10,485,800
  • Rural Population
    41.4%
  • Language
    French and Creole
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  • Capital City
    Port-au-Prince
  • Currency
    Haitian Gourde

Haiti has suffered devastating hurricanes, natural disasters and unplanned development, which have negatively affected the economy. It is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, having nearly 60% of it’s population living below the poverty level.

In Jeremie, the unemployment rate sits at 85%, after Hurricane Matthew swept through the region in 2016, wiping out businesses and homes. An entrepreneurial culture has developed, as people search for ways to restore communities and provide for their families.

Haiti gets it's name from the indigenous word "Ayti" meaning “Mountainous Land.”

Literacy

60.7 % of people age 15 and over can read and write.

Poverty

60% of people live below the poverty line.

Religious Beliefs

54.7% of the population identify as Roman Catholic, 28.5% Protestant, 2.1% Voodoo, 4.6% other and 10.2% report no religion.

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