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Population, Population Characteristics

Chad culture, black peoples, Muslim population, ethnic heritage, southern regions

The estimated population of Chad in 2002 was 8,997,237. The overall population density is 7 persons per sq km (18 per sq mi). Some 76 percent of the people live in rural areas, and most of the population is concentrated in the south. The population may be divided into two main groups: a Muslim population in the northern and eastern portions of the country and the non-Muslims of black African origin in the southern regions. The Muslim population includes both nomadic Arabs and sedentary non-Arab peoples. The largest group among the non-Muslims is the Sara tribe. Chad culture draws most heavily on the ethnic heritage of its black peoples, but Islamic and French influences are much in evidence.



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Chad culture, black peoples, Muslim population, ethnic heritage, southern regions, rural areas, main groups, largest group, percent, country, persons, evidence

 
 

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