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Mexico Life




People
Mexico's population grew rapidly after 1940, when improved living standards and preventive health care measures produced a dramatic increase in longevity and a decrease in infant mortality. In 1997 Mexico had an estimated population of 96,807,451. Population density averaged 49 persons per sq km (128 per sq mi).

Language
Spanish control of Mexico led to the dominance of Spanish, the official language. As many as 100 Native American languages are still spoken in Mexico, but no single alternative language prevails. Eighty percent of those Mexicans who speak an indigenous language also speak Spanish. The most important of the Native American languages is Nahuatl. It is the primary language of more than a million Mexicans and is spoken by nearly one-fourth of all Native Americans in the country.
This is followed by Maya, used by 14 percent of Native Americans, and Mixteco and Zapoteco, each spoken by about seven percent of Native Americans. No other indigenous language is spoken by more than five percent of Mexico's Native Americans.
Religion
During the colonial period, the Spanish colonizers imposed the Roman Catholic religion on the indigenous population. The states that are the least Catholic generally have the highest percentages of Protestants. Others claims no religious affiliation.


 

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