WASHINGTON, June 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Census Bureau projects the population of Haiti, where 230,000 people died in a January earthquake, will grow by 40 percent in the next 40 years.
Haiti's population currently stands at 9.6 million and the Census Bureau said Monday it expects it to reach 13.4 million by 2050.
The information from the Census Bureau's international database indicates Haiti's population will remain similar to that of the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola. Both countries had growth rates of 1.4 percent in 2009 and have similar levels of migration.
"Up-to-date estimates of population characteristics will assist in both the immediate recovery effort in Haiti, as well as the long-term rebuilding of the country's basic infrastructure," Peter Johnson, a senior demographer in the Census Bureau's Population Division, said in a release.