Barbados Population 2017

285,818

Barbados is the 4th most densely populated country in the Americas, and 15th globally, and it ranks as the 10th most populous island nation in the region. Barbados has an estimated population of 287,400 with a density of 660 people per square kilometer (1,704/square mile).

The capital and largest city of Barbados is Bridgetown, with a population of 110,000 and a density of 7,300 people per square kilometer.

Barbados Demographics

About 90% of Barbadians, or Bajans, are of Afro-Caribbean descent and mixed descent. The rest of the population is comprised of Europeans (4%) mostly from Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as Asians, particularly Indians and Chinese. Among the white Barbadians are an underclass called Redlegs, who are descendants of Irish slaves and prisoners imported to Barbados.

The Indo-Guyanese are a major population outside of the Afro-Caribbean community. Chinese-Barbadians make up a small percentage of the country's Asian population, most of whom arrived during World War 2 from Hong Kong. There are also communities of Syrians and Lebanese on the island, most of whom arrived through trade opportunities. Barbados does have a Jewish community of descendants who arrived in the early 17th century.

While English is the official language of Barbados, a regional variant called Bajan is spoken by most people in informal settings. Interestingly, Barbados shares a unique distinction with Japan: both countries have the highest per capita occurrences of centenarians on earth.

Barbados Population in 2017Source: Pgbk1987

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Barbados Population Growth

Barbados is not growing rapidly, but it is growing. By 2025, it is expected to break past 300,000 for the first time. From there it's projected to level off until the end of the century.

About Barbados

Official NameBarbados
Languages SpokenEnglish
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude13.16666666-59.53333333
Currencies UsedBBD

Barbados Population Density

Name Population
Welchman Hall
Four Cross Roads
Checker Hall
Greenland623
Crane935
Holetown1,350
Bathsheba1,765
Oistins2,285
Speightstown3,634
Bridgetown98,511

Barbados Population Clock

What is the population of Barbados (as of September 13, 2017)?285,818
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)285744
Births Per Day2
Deaths Per Day2
Net Migrations Per Day 1
Net Change Per Day 1
Population Change Since January 1st255

Barbados Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 11.845 births/thousand152
Crude Death Rate 10.81 deaths/thousand31
Crude Net Migration Rate 1.447 people/thousand40
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 76.092 years71
Male Life Expectancy 73.644 years71
Female Life Expectancy 78.432 years83
Total Fertility Rate 1.8 children/woman146
Net Reproduction Rate 0.87 surviving daughters/woman143
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.036 males per female158
Infant Mortality Rate 8.136 deaths/1,000 live births136
Under Five Mortality 9.371 deaths/thousand140
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.426 years89
Rate of Natural Increase 0.953 172
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 2.952 %61
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 3.526 %60
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 2.381 %70
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 10.594 %62
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 13.247 %62
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 8.121 %67
Crude Suicide Rate 2.6 suicides/thousand144
Median Age (Total) 38.3 years56
Median Age (Female) 39.4 years55
Median Age (Male) 37.2 years52

Barbados Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017285,74447.876%52.124%664150.24%182
2015284,21547.913%52.087%660140.28%181
2010279,56647.984%52.016%650150.37%181
2005274,01348.003%51.997%637140.37%181
2000269,83748.043%51.957%627130.31%180
1995264,96248.117%51.883%616130.37%178
1990260,37448.13%51.87%605130.35%175
1985255,92947.773%52.227%595110.32%175
1980252,19747.443%52.557%586100.35%171
1975246,03347.807%52.193%57290.57%171
1970238,84746.998%53.002%55590.5%169
1965235,37345.99%54.01%54790.28%167
1960230,93444.801%55.199%53790.32%166
1955227,07645.701%54.299%52890.56%165
1950210,99545.972%54.028%49092.21%164

Barbados Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020287,64747.813%52.187%668150.18%184
2025289,72247.701%52.299%673150.08%186
2030290,37847.598%52.402%67515-0.01%186
2035289,63847.517%52.483%67317-0.1%186
2040287,69847.48%52.52%66918-0.17%187
2045284,93347.515%52.485%66218-0.22%187
2050281,66147.604%52.396%65518-0.24%187
2055278,39547.756%52.244%64718-0.22%187
2060275,41947.934%52.066%64018-0.2%187
2065272,83948.121%51.879%63420-0.18%187
2070270,55248.31%51.69%62922-0.16%187
2075268,52648.491%51.509%62423-0.15%187
2080266,58248.655%51.346%61923-0.14%187
2085264,70548.793%51.207%61523-0.14%188
2090262,85948.903%51.097%61123-0.15%188
2095260,89248.995%51.005%60623-0.15%188
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations