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The population of Grenada (2008 estimate) is 90,303. More than a third of the people live in Saint George’s, the only town on the island. The population is quite young: A third of Grenadians are under the age of 15. The people are predominantly black, and just over half are Roman Catholic. The remainder are mostly Protestant or Anglican. English is the official language, but most Grenadians speak an English-based Creole as their first language. A French-based Creole is also spoken, mainly by older people.

The vast majority of Grenada’s people are the descendants of Africans brought to the islands to work as slaves in the 18th and 19th centuries. People of South Asian and European descent also form part of the population. Many Grenadians have immigrated to the United Kingdom, to the United States, and to other Caribbean islands in search of greater economic opportunities.

Education is free and compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Classes are taught in English, and students at public schools wear uniforms. Grenada has a literacy rate of 98 percent. There are teacher training, technical, and agricultural colleges on the island. St. George’s University was founded in 1977 as a medical school; many of its medical students come from the United States.

 
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