Jamaica Population: 2,956,449

Jamaica or Island of Jamaica has 10,990 sq. Km area and located in the Caribbean Sea. Jamaican island is the 3rd largest island. In 2020, it has 2.96 million population making its 138th in ranking the most populated country on the globe. It gained independence from Spanish and later British rule. It carries a lush topography of rainforests, mountains, and beaches. There are British colonial architectural sites, snorkelling and diving sites to enjoy.

Largest Cities in Jamaica by Population

Kingston is the largest Jamaican city, with 937,000 people in 2011. St. Catherine/Portmore and Montego Bay are the next largest cities of Jamaica by population.

CITY NAME POPULATION
Kingston 937,700
New Kingston 583,958
Spanish Town 145,018
Portmore 102,861
Montego Bay 82,867
Mandeville 47,115
May Pen 44,755
Old Harbour 26,024
Linstead 20,660
Half Way Tree 18,552
Savanna-la-Mar 16,553

Jamaica Population History

Growth in the Jamaican population over 50 years has been relatively unstable. The growth has dropped in the past fifteen years. The increase in population from 2001-2011 was 5-15 percent and then dropped down to 0.26 percent by 2019. Currently, the growth is now on a path to stabilizing to keep up with UN recommendations.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 2,961,167 0.44% 12,888 -11,332 30.7 1.99 273 55.40% 1,640,435 0.04% 7,794,798,739 138
2019 2,948,279 0.46% 13,432 -11,332 29.4 2.06 272 55.20% 1,627,119 0.04% 7,713,468,100 138
2018 2,934,847 0.48% 13,999 -11,332 29.4 2.06 271 55.00% 1,613,815 0.04% 7,631,091,040 139
2017 2,920,848 0.50% 14,612 -11,332 29.4 2.06 270 54.80% 1,600,602 0.04% 7,547,858,925 139
2016 2,906,236 0.53% 15,215 -11,332 29.4 2.06 268 54.60% 1,587,568 0.04% 7,464,022,049 139
2015 2,891,021 0.57% 16,112 -11,332 29 2.08 267 54.50% 1,574,768 0.04% 7,379,797,139 140
2010 2,810,460 0.51% 14,091 -17,464 27.5 2.28 260 53.90% 1,514,064 0.04% 6,956,823,603 140
2005 2,740,003 0.63% 17,060 -18,409 26.2 2.45 253 52.90% 1,449,489 0.04% 6,541,907,027 138
2000 2,654,701 0.94% 24,198 -18,656 24.9 2.7 245 51.90% 1,376,634 0.04% 6,143,493,823 136
1995 2,533,711 0.92% 22,761 -22,014 23.5 2.84 234 50.70% 1,284,333 0.04% 5,744,212,979 134
1990 2,419,906 0.71% 16,879 -29,387 22.2 3.1 223 49.50% 1,198,630 0.05% 5,327,231,061 133
1985 2,335,510 1.55% 34,533 -14,217 20.6 3.55 216 48.50% 1,132,462 0.05% 4,870,921,740 132
1980 2,162,846 1.30% 26,966 -19,697 19.5 4 200 46.70% 1,010,985 0.05% 4,458,003,514 132
1975 2,028,016 1.57% 30,475 -18,207 17.4 5 187 44.00% 892,476 0.05% 4,079,480,606 131
1970 1,875,642 1.32% 23,826 -29,948 17.2 5.78 173 41.30% 774,985 0.05% 3,700,437,046 129
1965 1,756,511 1.52% 25,598 -28,788 18.6 5.64 162 37.50% 658,574 0.05% 3,339,583,597 122
1960 1,628,520 1.11% 17,513 -29,969 19.8 5.08 150 33.80% 549,842 0.05% 3,034,949,748 126
1955 1,540,956 1.89% 27,611 -7,788 22 4.22 142 28.70% 442,709 0.06% 2,773,019,936 122

Jamaica Population forecast

The current population of Jamaica is 2,956,242. The median age is growing from 2020, which is 31.7 to 41.5 by 2050. There is a soar in the urban population as well from 2,961,167 to

2,960,317 from 2020 to 2050. It’s a contribution to the total global population is varying from 0.04 % to 0.03% from 2020 to 2050. From this, one can anticipate the Jamaican growth rate to slow down and gradually also decline.

Year Population Yearly % Change Yearly Change Migrants (net) Median Age Fertility Rate Density (P/Km²) Urban Pop % Urban Population Country’s Share of World Pop World Population Global Rank
2020 2,961,167 0.48% 14,029 -11,332 30.7 1.99 273 55.40% 1,640,435 0.04% 7,794,798,739 138
2025 3,015,321 0.36% 10,831 -11,332 32.7 1.99 278 56.60% 1,706,544 0.04% 8,184,437,460 138
2030 3,047,974 0.22% 6,531 -11,332 34.7 1.99 281 58.10% 1,769,809 0.04% 8,548,487,400 139
2035 3,057,896 0.07% 1,984 -11,332 36.8 1.99 282 59.70% 1,827,045 0.03% 8,887,524,213 139
2040 3,045,162 -0.08% -2,547 -11,332 38.7 1.99 281 61.40% 1,870,747 0.03% 9,198,847,240 141
2045 3,011,815 -0.22% -6,669 -11,332 40.3 1.99 278 63.00% 1,896,280 0.03% 9,481,803,274 142
2050 2,960,317 -0.34% -10,300 41.5 1.99 273 64.30% 1,904,123 0.03% 9,735,033,990 142

Jamaica Demographics

Most of the population of Jamaica are descendants from Africa. The most common ethnic groups were the Akan and Igbo. They make 76.3 percent of the Jamaican population. The multiracial group is the subsequent largest group. Among these are East Indian, Afro-European, Caucasian, Afro-East Indian, Chinese and other. 26 years is the current median age of Jamaica.

Jamaica Religion & Politics

There are varied religions in Jamaica. 64.8 percent are Roman Catholics, 1.1 percent Rastafarian, 1.9 percent Jehovah’s witness, 6.5 percent are other, and 21.3 percent follow no religion among the Jamaican population. Politically, Elizabeth II is its queen and falls under the Commonwealth realm.

Jamaica Economy

The Jamaican economy is primarily and largely based on tourism. They are highly dependent on the services sector, such as alumina, mined bauxite, and a blend of remittances along with tourism. Their economy has consistently and gradually grown. However, inflation in the public sector, crime, corruption, and debt are hindering economic growth. Agriculture also is a crucial part of its economy though it is not as prominent as it was in the past. Sugar is the most exported item. Bananas, Coffee, and Cocoa, are also exported in good numbers.

Largest Countries in the World by Population

S.No Country Population (2020) World Population Share (%)
1 China 1,439,323,776 18.47%
2 India 1,380,004,385 17.70%
3 United States 331,002,651 4.25%
4 Indonesia 273,523,615 3.51%
5 Pakistan 220,892,340 2.83%
6 Brazil 212,559,417 2.73%
7 Nigeria 206,139,589 2.64%
8 Bangladesh 164,689,383 2.11%
9 Russia 145,934,462 1.87%
10 Mexico 128,932,753 1.65%