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Population Growth Rate
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Map. Average Annual Population Growth Rate, 1980-98

1. According to the map key, what color represents countries with lower population growth rates? Where do these countries tend to be located? [Green, Europe]

2. What color represents countries with higher population growth rates? Where do these countries tend to be located? [Orange, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South and Central America.]

3. Which continent has the largest number of countries with a high PGR? What assumptions might you make about living conditions there? [Africa. Infant mortality rates are probably high; family planning services are probably not readily available; many children may not have the chance to attend school; people may not get enough to eat; health conditions may be poor; living conditions are probably not as good as in countries where people earn more money, and where the population is growing more slowly.]

4. Name and locate on the map three countries with population growth rates of more than 3 percent, three with rates of 2 to 3 percent and three with rates of less than 1 percent. To what extent are these countries typical of other countries in their regions? [Answers will vary.]

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