Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike

S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike

(born Jan. 9, 1899, Colombo, Ceylon—died Sept. 26, 1959, Colombo) Statesman and prime minister (1956–59) of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Educated at the University of Oxford, he became a prominent member of Ceylon's Western-oriented United National Party. In 1952 he founded the nationalist Sri Lanka Freedom Party, becoming the opposition leader in the legislature. He later formed an alliance of four nationalist-socialist parties that swept elections in 1956 and made him prime minister. Under Bandaranaike, Sinhalese replaced English as the country's official language, Buddhism (the majority religion) was given a prominent place in the affairs of state, and Ceylon established diplomatic relations with communist states. He was assassinated in 1959. His widow, Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike (1916–2000), became the world's first woman prime minister in 1960, serving until 1965; she was prime minister twice more (1970–77 and 1994–2000). During her second term a new constitution was adopted that proclaimed a republic (1972) and changed the country's name to Sri Lanka. She was appointed to a third term when her daughter, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga (b. 1945), became president in 1994.

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Ridgeway is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census, the population was 1,932.


Ridgeway is located at (60.519682, -151.060911).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 17.6 square miles (45.6 km²), of which, 16.6 square miles (43.1 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²) of it (5.40%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,932 people, 715 households, and 536 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 116.0 people per square mile (44.8/km²). There were 938 housing units at an average density of 56.3/sq mi (21.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.78% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 4.30% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 1.55% from other races, and 5.12% from two or more races. 2.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 715 households out of which 39.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 31.0% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $50,625, and the median income for a family was $56,985. Males had a median income of $51,488 versus $36,786 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $23,225. About 7.4% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.6% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.


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