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Liberia's population, estimated at a little more than 2 million in mid-1984, was roughly two?thirds rural. Of the country's towns, only Monrovia was of substantial size and was characterized by true urban diversity. Migration from the rural areas or small communities to the capital city and other large urban centers was a significant aspect of Liberia's population dynamics. Many of the places to which Liberians migrated were single?industry (rubber, iron, mining) communities established by or in connection with foreign?operated enterprises. The population, having grown at a rate of 3 percent or more since 1970, was young, i.e., about 44 percent was under 15 years of age in the early and mid-1980s.

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