Middlesex County, Jamaica

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Middlesex is the central of the three historic counties into which Jamaica is divided. It has no current-day administrative significance.[citation needed] It covers 5,041.9 km² and has a population of 1,183,361[1] (about 45% of the islands area and population) giving it the largest area and population of the three counties. It includes Spanish Town, the island's original capital.

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The county of Middlesex is shown in pink.


Jamaica's three counties were established in 1758 to facilitate the holding of courts along the lines of the British County court system. [2] Middlesex, the middle of the three, was named after an English county the name presumably being chosen because of its central position.[2] Spanish Town was its county town.[2]


Middlesex County
Parish Area
Census 2001
6 Clarendon 1,196.3 237,024 May Pen
7 Manchester 830.1 185,801 Mandeville
8 Saint Ann 1,212.6 166,762 Saint Ann's Bay
9 Saint Catherine 1,192.4 482,308 Spanish Town
10 Saint Mary 610.5 111,466 Port Maria
  Middlesex County 5,041.9 1,183,361
  Jamaica total 10,990.5 2,607,631 Kingston


  1. ^ 2001 census
  2. ^ a b c Higman, B W; Hudson (2009). Jamaican Place Names. B J (1st ed.). Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-976-640-217-4. 

Coordinates: 18°09′N 77°12′W / 18.15°N 77.20°W / 18.15; -77.20