Belize Population 2017

375,785

Belize is located on the eastern coast of Central America where it's bordered by Mexico and Guatemala. Belize is the only country in Central America with English as the official language. In 2017, the population of Belize is estimated at 374,681, up from the 2010 census figure of 324,500.

Belize has an estimated population of 374,681. 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 2018Source: 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, Belizean Creole, English
BordersGTM, MEX
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude17.25-88.75
Currencies UsedBZD

Belize Population Density

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

Belize Population Clock

What is the population of Belize (as of 11/15/2017)?375,785
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)374,681
Births Per Day5
Deaths Per Day1
Net Migrations Per Day 4
Net Change Per Day 8
Population Change Since January 1st2,552

Belize Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 22.341 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 5.514 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 3.609 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 70.362 years
Male Life Expectancy 67.676 years
Female Life Expectancy 73.391 years
Total Fertility Rate 2.478 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 1.179 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.03 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 12.558 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 14.584 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 27.111 years
Rate of Natural Increase 16.779
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 6.284%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 8.048%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.517%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 19.145%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 23.918%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 14.167%
Median Age (Total) 22.4 years
Median Age (Female) 22.6 years
Median Age (Male) 22.2 years

Belize Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2017374,68149.79%50.21%162.12%
2015359,28849.85%50.15%162.24%
2010321,60850.02%49.98%142.57%
2005283,27750.25%49.76%122.75%
2000247,31550.35%49.65%113.63%
1995206,96350.37%49.63%91.99%
1990187,55250.42%49.58%82.61%
1985164,92150.37%49.63%72.73%
1980144,15550.45%49.54%61.58%
1975133,26049.88%50.13%61.75%
1970122,18249.67%50.33%52.86%
1965106,11949.54%50.46%52.88%
196092,06449.38%50.62%42.88%
195579,87049.16%50.84%32.99%
195068,91948.95%51.04%30.00%

Belize Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2020398,00749.70%50.30%170.00%
2025436,39849.56%50.45%191.86%
2030472,70249.41%50.59%211.61%
2035506,51149.29%50.71%221.39%
2040537,62149.17%50.83%231.20%
2045566,23849.07%50.93%251.04%
2050592,42048.99%51.01%260.91%
2055615,59948.92%51.08%270.77%
2060635,46648.87%51.13%280.64%
2065651,73248.84%51.16%280.51%
2070664,54548.81%51.19%290.39%
2075674,10748.81%51.19%290.29%
2080680,81448.83%51.17%300.20%
2085685,17648.87%51.13%300.13%
2090687,59848.94%51.06%300.07%
2095688,45449.02%50.98%300.02%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer