With apologies to those who might have seen this earlier on my Twitter feed, at @guacamayan, here are a few oddities of the new Chile census figures.
Religion: Fewer than half the people 15-29 in the Bio Bio region declare themselves Roman Catholic. That is the only group in the country where Catholicism fails to make a majority. The bulk of those who aren’t Catholic are Protestant/Evangelical.
Migration: More than 60% of the immigrants from the Dominican Republic, Poland, the Philippines and Russia were female, while more than 60% of those from Pakistan, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Haiti, Egypt, Lebanon, India and Portugal were male. I don’t see much of a pattern there, except that the Middle East-North Africa group tends to be quite male.
Labour force: 5 percent of the women in the workforce in Chile are domestics. Among women who never finished elementary school, that number is 30 percent, while 0.2 percent of those with doctorate degrees say they are domestics.
Adding: There are supposedly 76 people here in Santiago with Masters or PhD degrees working as maids, gardeners.
The institution of marriage, and of lying: There are 1,407 more men who say they are married & living with spouse than there are women who say the same. @SaheliDatta asked on Twitter whether there may be a lot of biandry in Chile.
One of every 175 men age 30-44 in Santiago lives with a same-sex partner, as does 1 of every 252 women in Atacama. These are the highest numbers in the country; in some regions almost no one said he or she lived with a same-sex partner.
First nations and their languages: Almost a third of Araucanía residents proclaim indigenous ancestry, mostly Mapuche. In Arica-Parinacota region, 29 percent say they are from indigenous ethnic groups, most of them Aymará. Despite this concentration, indigenous language ability is low. Chile has 114,523 Aymará but only 16,541 people who can converse in Aymará language. There are 1.5 million Mapuche, and only 129,267 speakers of Mapundungun. Twelve times more people — around 1.5 million — can hold a conversation in English. Of course, the big reaction here was “we need more English!” Which is true. But it wouldn’t hurt to protect the cultural identity, either.