"Demographics, Statistics, Density and Growth!"
As of 2008, the
Barbados population is around 282,000 with 52% of
people living in urban areas.
With this population size and a total
area of just 14 x 21 miles (431 km²), this island has a high population density
of approximately 654 persons per square kilometre or 1663 per square
mile. This gives my island one of the highest population
However the Barbados
population growth rate has
remained extremely low (0.36%), lower than 1%
the 2008 birth rate and death rate at 12.48 per 1000 and 8.58 per 1000
respectively. The life expectancy in
Barbados is also currently around 73
years of age.
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados
and is situated on the south-western coast of the island. The
population of Bridgetown Barbados is approximately 140,000.
This means that almost half of the
population lives in and around the capital.
How about the other cities in Barbados?
Well, the next largest is the city of
Speightstown with a population of approximately
Other Barbados cities of note include Oistins with a
population of 2300,
Bathsheba with a population of 1800
which has 1400
The Barbados population demographics based on age structure is 20% of
residents between the ages of 0 - 14 years of age, 71% of
residents between 15 and 64 years of age and 9% being 65 years or
The overall median age of people
Barbados is 35
years of age and the sex ratio is 0.94 males for every
female on the island.
The ethnic break down of the population of Barbados is heavily one
sided with approximately 80%
of African descent. The remaining 20% of the
population is broken down in to 4% of European
descent and 16%
of mixed descent. This mixed group of Bajans includes
ethnic groups such as Chinese, Indians
and people of Syrian or Lebanese descent.
There is a sizeable immigrant
population in Barbados, with a large proportion coming from Guyana and
introduced a number of Indian influences to the culture
The main language spoken is English,
however a large proportion of the
population prefer to speak Barbadian
Creole English or Bajan
are very proud of our high level of literacy
throughout the island. The last assessment as of 2008 showed that the
literarcy rate was 99.7%
and has remained this high since its increase from 96.8% in 2004. This
is most likely due to the fact that
Barbadians are subject to 11 years of compulsory education, starting at
the age of 4. Around 38% of students go on to tertiary education, with
a university campus situated at Cave Hill.
Other educational institutions include the Barbados Community College,
the Samuel Jackson Prescod Polytechnic and Erdiston College, which
offers teacher training.