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Which is correct?
60% of the Bahamian population are concentrated in the capital city, Nassau.
60% of the Bahamian population is concentrated in the capital city, Nassau.
The first sounds awkward to me, but I have come to realize the odd sounding form is often the technically preferable one in English.
I have read some articles on the web and done some browsing on the forum, but it is still unclear to me which is correct.
The answers to Does a percentage quantity take singular or plural verb agreement? suggest that it depends on the countability of the item to which the percentage refers, but the guidance is not clear enough to answer this question. The word "population" functions grammatically as an uncountable noun, but it is easy to recognize that that it refers to multiple individuals.
Does "the Bahamian population" count as singular, or must I recognize that it comprises many individuals and consider it plural?