Belize Population 2018

383,452

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 2018, the population of Belize is estimated at 382,444, up from the 2010 census figure of 324,500.

Belize has an estimated population of 382,444. 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.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 63 minutes
One death every 240 minutes
One net migrant every 360 minutes
Net gain of one person every 69 minutes

Belize Population in 2018Source: By Studentbz [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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 SpokenBelizean Creole, English, Spanish
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude17.25-88.75
Currencies UsedBelize Dollar
DemonymBelizean

Countries Bordering Belize

Guatemala
Mexico

Belize Population Density

Belize Top 20 Cities by Population

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

Belize Population Clock

The population of Belize (as of 8/17/2018)?383,452
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)382,444
Births Per Day23
Deaths Per Day6
Net Migrations Per Day 4
Net Change Per Day 21
Population Change Since January 1st4,809

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Estimate as of August 17th 2018 is: 383,447

Belize Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2018382,44449.76%50.24%16.651792.07%
2017374,68149.79%50.21%16.311792.11%
2016366,95449.82%50.18%15.981792.13%
2015359,28849.85%50.15%15.641792.24%
2010321,60850.02%49.98%14.001792.57%
2005283,27750.25%49.76%12.331802.75%
2000247,31550.35%49.65%10.771813.63%
1995206,96350.37%49.63%9.011821.99%
1990187,55250.42%49.58%8.171822.61%
1985164,92150.37%49.63%7.181822.73%
1980144,15550.45%49.54%6.281851.58%
1975133,26049.88%50.13%5.801821.75%
1970122,18249.67%50.33%5.321802.86%
1965106,11949.54%50.46%4.621802.88%
196092,06449.38%50.62%4.011792.88%
195579,87049.16%50.84%3.481802.99%
195068,91948.95%51.04%3.001820.00%

Belize Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020398,00749.70%50.30%17.331780.00%
2025436,39849.56%50.45%19.001771.86%
2030472,70249.41%50.59%20.581751.61%
2035506,51149.29%50.71%22.051751.39%
2040537,62149.17%50.83%23.411741.20%
2045566,23849.07%50.93%24.661731.04%
2050592,42048.99%51.01%25.801720.91%
2055615,59948.92%51.08%26.801720.77%
2060635,46648.87%51.13%27.671720.64%
2065651,73248.84%51.16%28.381720.51%
2070664,54548.81%51.19%28.941720.39%
2075674,10748.81%51.19%29.351720.29%
2080680,81448.83%51.17%29.641720.20%
2085685,17648.87%51.13%29.831720.13%
2090687,59848.94%51.06%29.941720.07%
2095688,45449.02%50.98%29.981720.02%
Data Sources
  1. Statistical Institute of Belize
  2. Statistical Institute of Belize
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1960, 1970, 1980, 1991, 2000 and 2010 censuses, with official estimates of the 2015 population, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer