Barbados Population 2017

285,857

Barbados is a sovereign island nation in the Lesser Antilles with just 431 square kilometers (166 sq mi) of land area. The country was claimed for Spain in the late 15th century before being taken by English in the early 17th century. Barbados was a British colony until gaining independence in 1966, making it the only Caribbean island that didn't change hands during colonial times. In 2017, the population of Barbados is estimated at 285,719, an increase from the 277,800 population at the 2010 census.

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 285,719 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 2018Source: 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
Bridgetown98,511
Speightstown3,634
Oistins2,285
Bathsheba1,765
Holetown1,350
Crane935
Greenland623
Checker Hall
Four Cross Roads
Welchman Hall

Barbados Population Clock

What is the population of Barbados (as of 11/15/2017)?285,857
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)285,719
Births Per Day2
Deaths Per Day2
Net Migrations Per Day 1
Net Change Per Day 1
Population Change Since January 1st319

Barbados Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 11.845 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 10.81 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 1.447 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 76.092 years
Male Life Expectancy 73.644 years
Female Life Expectancy 78.432 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.8 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.87 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.036 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 8.136 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 9.371 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.426 years
Rate of Natural Increase 0.953
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 2.952%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 3.526%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 2.381%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 10.594%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 13.247%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 8.121%
Median Age (Total) 38.3 years
Median Age (Female) 39.4 years
Median Age (Male) 37.2 years

Barbados Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2017285,71947.88%52.12%6640.26%
2015284,21747.91%52.09%6610.33%
2010279,56947.98%52.02%6500.40%
2005274,00948.00%52.00%6370.31%
2000269,84748.04%51.96%6280.37%
1995264,95948.12%51.88%6160.35%
1990260,37448.13%51.87%6060.35%
1985255,92447.77%52.23%5950.29%
1980252,19447.44%52.56%5860.50%
1975246,03447.81%52.19%5720.59%
1970238,84847.00%53.00%5550.29%
1965235,37445.99%54.01%5470.38%
1960230,93944.80%55.20%5370.34%
1955227,07345.70%54.30%5281.48%
1950210,99245.97%54.03%4910.00%

Barbados Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2020287,56847.81%52.18%6690.00%
2025289,53847.70%52.30%6730.14%
2030290,01047.58%52.42%6740.03%
2035289,05047.49%52.51%672-0.07%
2040286,84347.45%52.56%667-0.15%
2045283,79947.46%52.54%660-0.21%
2050280,31047.53%52.47%652-0.25%
2055276,79247.65%52.35%644-0.25%
2060273,53547.81%52.19%636-0.24%
2065270,67747.99%52.02%629-0.21%
2070268,16948.17%51.83%624-0.19%
2075265,92648.34%51.66%618-0.17%
2080263,81248.51%51.49%614-0.16%
2085261,70648.65%51.35%609-0.16%
2090259,56548.76%51.24%604-0.16%
2095257,35748.85%51.15%599-0.17%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer