Belize Population 2017

375,243

Belize has an estimated population of 347,600. With 8,800 square miles of land, this gives Belize a population density of just 37 people per square mile. This is the lowest density in Latin America, and one of the lowest in the world, ranking 213th globally.

The largest city in Belize is Belize City, which has a population of 57,000. The capital, Belmopan, has a population of 16,500.

Belize Demographics

The demographics of Belize have been heavily influenced by colonization, slavery and immigration, and the country has many ethnic groups, languages and cultures combined. The Maya have inhabited the region since the second millennium BC, although much of this population has been wiped out. There are now three Maya groups in Belize: the Mopan who are indigenous to the area and returned from Guatemala in the 19th century after evading slavery), the Yucatec (who came from Mexico to escape the Caste War) and the Q'eqchi (who fled from slavery in Guatemala).

Belizean Creoles, or Kriols, account for 21% of the population but almost 75% of the country's diaspora. They are descendants of the Baymen slave owners and slaves brought to the region for logging.

Mestizos account for 50% of the country's population. Mestizos were originally a mix of Maya and Spanish. The Garinagu, who are a mix of West/Central African, Arawak and Island Carib, account for 4.5% of the population.

There are also large communities of Asians, East Indians and ex-patriate Americans and Africans residing in Belize. Many Creoles and other ethnic groups of Belize have emigrated to the United States and the United Kingdom for more opportunities. It's estimated that there are 160,000 Belizeans in the United States.

Belize Population in 2017Source: Haakon S. Krohn

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

Belize Population Growth

Belize is currently growing at a rate of 2.5% a year. By 2020, the population of Belize is expected to reach about 390,000 from today's 347,000. By 2100, the population is projected to be nearly 700,000.

About Belize

Official NameBelize
Languages SpokenSpanish, English, Belizean Creole
BordersGTM, MEX
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude17.25-88.75
Currencies UsedBZD

Belize Population Density

Name Population
Punta Gorda5,205
Benque Viejo del Carmen7,092
San Pedro8,418
Corozal9,871
Dangriga10,750
Belmopan13,381
Orange Walk15,298
San Ignacio16,812
Belize City61,461

Belize Population Clock

What is the population of Belize (as of September 13, 2017)?375,243
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)374651
Births Per Day5
Deaths Per Day1
Net Migrations Per Day 4
Net Change Per Day 8
Population Change Since January 1st2,040

Belize Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 22.341 births/thousand71
Crude Death Rate 5.514 deaths/thousand166
Crude Net Migration Rate 3.609 people/thousand22
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 70.362 years131
Male Life Expectancy 67.676 years125
Female Life Expectancy 73.391 years132
Total Fertility Rate 2.478 children/woman80
Net Reproduction Rate 1.179 surviving daughters/woman77
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female160
Infant Mortality Rate 12.558 deaths/1,000 live births110
Under Five Mortality 14.584 deaths/thousand111
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.111 years180
Rate of Natural Increase 16.779 64
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 6.284 %112
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 8.048 %113
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.517 %119
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 19.145 %123
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 23.918 %125
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 14.167 %124
Crude Suicide Rate 2.2 suicides/thousand153
Median Age (Total) 22.4 years166
Median Age (Female) 22.6 years167
Median Age (Male) 22.2 years164

Belize Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017374,65149.787%50.213%162012.05%179
2015359,28749.85%50.15%152002.11%179
2010321,60950.019%49.981%142012.33%179
2005283,27950.244%49.756%122012.6%180
2000247,31250.348%49.652%102023.06%181
1995206,96250.367%49.633%92023.19%182
1990187,55250.424%49.576%82031.89%182
1985164,91650.375%49.625%72042.78%182
1980144,15150.452%49.548%62042.34%184
1975133,26149.876%50.124%52041.4%182
1970122,17949.665%50.335%51952.12%180
1965106,12149.539%50.461%41962.99%179
196092,06849.38%50.62%41922.82%178
195579,87249.159%50.841%31972.8%179
195068,91848.961%51.039%31923.32%181

Belize Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020397,88049.695%50.305%171991.92%177
2025435,94949.547%50.453%191971.68%175
2030471,77549.4%50.6%201971.44%175
2035504,87449.257%50.743%221971.23%174
2040535,06549.122%50.878%231981.07%173
2045562,75249.007%50.993%241980.93%173
2050587,95748.912%51.088%251970.8%172
2055610,15848.835%51.165%261960.66%172
2060628,89348.771%51.229%271960.53%171
2065644,09348.725%51.275%281950.4%172
2070655,77648.689%51.311%281940.3%172
2075664,33948.671%51.329%291940.21%172
2080670,21348.674%51.326%291940.13%173
2085673,97548.71%51.29%291940.08%172
2090676,10048.769%51.231%291940.04%172
2095676,94348.851%51.149%291940%172
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations