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The Dominican Republic is located on the island of Hispanola located in the Caribbean Sea It takes up about 23 of the island which it shares with Haiti Dominican Republics total area is 48734 square kilometers The Dominican Republic Jas a tropical maritime climate The temperatures are moderated though by the ocean currents and year-round trade winds The average temperature is around 720F and 800F it hardly ever drops below 600F and it also hardly ever riser above 900F It isnt uncommon though to get frost in the higher elevations Dominican Republics rainy season is between May and November rainfall is the heaviest in the north and east of the country Although agriculture is the most important resource in the Dominican Republic it has many mineral resources Some of these resources are nickel being the leading export as well as bauxite gold and rock salt The population of the Dominican Republic is around 78 million Close to 40 of that population is under the age of 16 More and more Dominicans are migrating to the cities for a better chance at life This has greatly effected the rural population by shrinking it steadily About half of the total population is located between Santiago de los Caballeros and San Pedro de Macoris Another 13 of the population is located in the capitol city of Santo Domingo and between the cities of La Romana and San Cristobal The annual growth rate is estimated to be at 171 for the next couple of years until the year 2000 Mulattos form the largest ethnic group in the Dominican Republic being roughly 73 of the population The next largest group is 16 Caucasian and 11 Black The life expectancy from birth is for males 65 years and for females 69 years Out of 100000 live births 614 of the babies die The start religion for the Dominican Republic is Roman Catholicism Over 90 of the population is Catholic
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