Demographics of Barbados

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This article is about the demographics of Barbados, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Census population and average annual growth rate
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1844 122,198 —    
1851 135,939 +1.53%
1861 152,727 +1.17%
1871 162,042 +0.59%
1881 171,860 +0.59%
1891 182,867 +0.62%
1911 172,337 −0.30%
1921 156,774 −0.94%
1946 192,800 +0.83%
1960 232,327 +1.34%
1970 236,891 +0.19%
1980 247,129 +0.42%
1990 260,491 +0.53%
2000 268,792 +0.31%
2010 277,821 +0.33%
Source:[1]

Population[edit]

Demographics of Barbados, Data of FAO, year 2005; Number of inhabitants in thousands.
Population pyramid of Barbados

According to the 2010 population census Barbados has an estimated population of 277,821.[2] The tabulated population was only 226,193 due to a high undercount (estimated at 18%). The estimated mid-year population of 2014 is 286,100 (medium fertility scenario of The 2012 Revision of the World Population Prospects).[3]

Vital statistics[edit]

Average population (x 1000)[4] Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000) Infant mortality rate[5]
1934 166 5 380 4 176 1 204 32.4 25.2 7.3
1935 168 5 315 3 702 1 613 31.6 22.0 9.6
1936 170 5 933 3 459 2 474 34.9 20.3 14.6
1937 173 5 670 3 511 2 159 32.8 20.3 12.5
1938 175 5 327 3 743 1 584 30.4 21.4 9.1
1939 177 5 497 3 380 2 117 31.1 19.1 12.0
1940 179 5 784 3 305 2 479 32.3 18.5 13.8
1941 179 5 786 3 902 1 884 32.3 21.8 10.5
1942 180 5 586 3 275 2 311 31.0 18.2 12.8
1943 182 5 877 3 104 2 773 32.3 17.1 15.2
1944 183 5 928 3 341 2 587 32.4 18.3 14.1
1945 187 6 047 3 164 2 883 32.3 16.9 15.4
1946 193 6 175 3 289 2 886 32.0 17.0 15.0
1947 197 6 425 3 204 3 221 32.6 16.3 16.4
1948 202 6 517 3 141 3 376 32.3 15.5 16.7
1949 206 6 357 2 979 3 378 30.9 14.5 16.4
1950 211 6 432 2 688 3 744 30.5 12.7 17.7
1951 216 6 793 3 000 3 793 31.5 13.9 17.6
1952 220 7 291 3 186 4 105 33.2 14.5 18.7
1953 223 7 304 2 997 4 307 32.8 13.5 19.3
1954 225 7 576 2 544 5 032 33.6 11.3 22.3
1955 227 7 593 2 887 4 706 33.4 12.7 20.7
1956 228 7 082 2 430 4 652 31.0 10.6 20.4
1957 229 7 314 2 469 4 845 31.9 10.8 21.1
1958 230 7 115 2 298 4 817 31.0 10.0 21.0
1959 230 7 110 2 084 5 026 30.9 9.1 21.8
1960 231 7 833 2 127 5 706 33.9 9.2 24.7
1961 232 6 754 2 410 4 344 29.2 10.4 18.8
1962 233 6 881 2 116 4 765 29.6 9.1 20.5
1963 234 6 756 2 090 4 666 28.9 8.9 20.0
1964 234 6 506 2 127 4 379 27.7 9.1 18.7
1965 235 6 358 1 905 4 453 27.0 8.1 18.9
1966 236 6 319 2 012 4 307 26.8 8.5 18.3
1967 236 5 455 2 047 3 408 23.1 8.7 14.4
1968 237 5 474 2 045 3 429 23.1 8.6 14.5
1969 238 5 196 1 987 3 209 21.9 8.4 13.5
1970 239 4 883 2 064 2 819 20.5 8.6 11.8
1971 240 5 177 2 058 3 119 21.6 8.6 13.0
1972 241 5 303 2 045 3 258 22.0 8.5 13.5
1973 243 5 084 2 287 2 797 20.9 9.4 11.5
1974 244 4 851 2 107 2 744 19.8 8.6 11.2
1975 246 4 683 2 147 2 536 19.1 8.7 10.3
1976 247 4 593 2 266 2 327 18.6 9.2 9.4
1977 247 4 326 2 144 2 182 17.5 8.7 8.8
1978 248 4 304 2 087 2 217 17.4 8.4 9.0
1979 248 4 269 2 128 2 141 17.2 8.6 8.6
1980 249 4 148 2 012 2 136 16.7 8.1 8.6
1981 250 4 413 1 878 2 535 17.7 7.5 10.2
1982 251 4 499 2 003 2 496 17.9 8.0 10.0
1983 252 4 496 2 068 2 428 17.8 8.2 9.6
1984 253 4 214 1 976 2 238 16.6 7.8 8.8
1985 254 4 281 2 127 2 154 16.8 8.4 8.5
1986 255 4 043 2 160 1 883 15.8 8.5 7.4
1987 257 3 828 2 195 1 633 14.9 8.6 6.4
1988 257 3 745 2 233 1 512 14.5 8.7 5.9
1989 258 4 015 2 277 1 738 15.5 8.8 6.7
1990 259 4 313 2 232 2 081 16.6 8.6 8.0
1991 260 4 240 2 283 1 957 16.3 8.8 7.5
1992 261 4 185 2 361 1 824 16.0 9.0 7.0
1993 262 3 781 2 391 1 390 14.4 9.1 5.3
1994 262 3 547 2 295 1 252 13.5 8.7 4.8
1995 263 3 473 2 481 992 13.2 9.4 3.8
1996 264 3 519 2 400 1 119 13.3 9.1 4.2
1997 265 3 784 2 297 1 487 14.3 8.7 5.6
1998 265 3 612 2 471 1 141 13.6 9.3 4.3
1999 266 3 882 2 428 1 454 14.6 9.1 5.5
2000 267 3 762 2 430 1 332 14.1 9.1 5.0
2001 268 3 800 2 500 1 300 14.2 9.3 4.8
2002 270 3 812 2 285 1 527 14.1 8.5 5.7
2003 271 3 748 2 274 1 474 13.8 8.4 5.4
2004 272 3 473 2 424 1 049 12.8 8.9 3.9
2005 274 3 508 2 162 1 346 12.8 7.9 4.9 8.3
2006 275 3 414 2 317 1 097 12.4 8.4 4.0 11.1
2007 276 3 537 2 213 1 324 12.8 8.0 4.8 13.0
2008 278 3 505 2 445 1 060 12.6 8.6 4.0 18.3
2009 279 3 510 2 390 1 120 12.6 8.6 4.0 8.8
2010 280 3 320 2 180 1 140 11.8 7.8 4.1 10.1

Ethnic groups[edit]

The population of Barbados is predominantly black (92.4%) or mixed (3.1%).[2] 2.7% of the population is white and 1.3% South Asian. The remaining 0.4% of the population includes East Asians (0.1%) and Middle Easterners (0.1%).

Languages[edit]

English is the official language of Barbados, and is used for communications, administration, and public services all over the island. In its capacity as the official language of the country, the standard of English tends to conform to the vocabulary, pronunciations, spellings, and conventions akin to, but not exactly the same as, those of British English.

A regional variant of English, referred to locally as Bajan, is spoken by most Barbadians in everyday life, especially in informal settings.[6] In its full-fledged form, Bajan sounds markedly different from the Standard English heard on the island. The degree of intelligibility between Bajan and general English depends on the level of creolised vocabulary and idioms. A Bajan speaker may be completely unintelligible to an English speaker from another country. Bajan is influenced by other Caribbean English dialects.

Religion[edit]

According to the 2010 census, 75.6% of the population of Barbados is considered Christian, 2.6% has a non-Christian religion and 20.6% has no religion.[2]

Anglicanism constitutes the largest religious group, with 23.9% of the population. It is represented by the Church in the Province of the West Indies, within which the island belongs to the Diocese of Barbados. Pentecostals are the second largest group (19.5%). The next largest group is the Seventh-day Adventists, 5.9% of the population, followed by Methodists (4.2%). 3.8% of the population are Roman Catholics. Other Christians include Wesleyans (3.4%), Nazarenes (3.2%), Church of God (2.4%), Jehovah's Witnesses (2.0%), Baptists (1.8), Moravians (1.2%), Brethren (0.5%), the Salvationists (0.4%) and Mormons ( 0.1%).

The number of non-Christians is small. 0.7% of the population are Muslims, most of whom are immigrants or descendants of Indian immigrants from the Indian state of Gujarat. There are three mosques and an Islamic centre. Other religious groups include the Rastafarians (1.0% of the population), which was introduced to Barbados in 1975,[7] Hindus (0.5%), Jews (0.05%), the Bahá'ís (0.04%) and Buddhists.

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