Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2017

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) released an updated version of its statistical yearbook, which provides information on economic, environmental and socio-demographic indicators. Gender-related findings include that women hold 28.7% of the seats in national parliaments. On energy, the proportion of renewables in the energy mix increased. The ‘Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2017’ presents descriptive statistical data that can be used to compare data across countries in the region. On demographic and social aspects, the total population of LAC countries reached 641 million by mid-2016, and is predicted to increase to 650 million by 2020. The average size of households fell from 3.9 to 3.6 people between 2008 and 2016, although the number of people per household varies with income. Households with the highest income have an average of 2.7 people per household, while households in the lowest income group have 4.5 people on average.