Dominica Population 2018

74,308

Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the Lesser Antilles area of the Caribbean Sea. Dominica has earned the nickname the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its natural beauty, and it was named by Christopher Columbus for the day on which he found it (Sunday, or dominica in Latin). The estimated population of Dominica in 2018 is 74,308.

Dominica remained isolated for nearly 100 years after it was discovered by Columbus, but more Caribs began to move to the area after they were driven from surrounding islands. France maintained a colony on the island for some time and imported African slaves to the area before it was ceded to Great Britain.

Dominica's population eventually began to grow, although it has remained fairly stagnant for the last four decades. Today, the estimated population is just 74,308, up from 71,500 in 1970. Much of the population is concentrated in the largest city and capital of Roseau, which has 16,500 residents. No other city has more than 5,000 residents.

Dominica Demographics

Most Dominicans are of African descend, with a large mixed population and Indo-Caribbean and East Indian populations. There is still a small group of people of European descent who are descendants of the Irish, British and French colonists, and some Lebanese, Syrians, and Asians.

In 2011 the ethnic breakdown of the country was: black (86.8%), mixed (8.9%), Kalinago (2.9%), European (0.8%), and other (0.7%).

Dominica remains the only Eastern Caribbean country that still has a population of native pre-Columbian Caribs. There are only 3,000 Caribs remaining in the world, and they live in villages on the eastern cost of the island.

Interestingly, Dominica has three times the average number of centenarians of developed countries. This is currently being studied.

Dominica Population Growth

Dominica has a very slow population growth due to high emigration to other countries. Most Dominicans emigrate to the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada and France.

Dominica Population in 2018Source: Ted Rufus Ross

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

Dominica Population Growth

Dominica has a very slow population growth due to high emigration to other countries. Most Dominicans emigrate to the United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada and France.

About Dominica

Official NameCommonwealth of Dominica
Languages SpokenEnglish
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude15.41666666-61.33333333
Currencies UsedEast Caribbean Dollar
DemonymDominican

Countries Bordering Dominica

None

Dominica Population Density

Dominica Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Roseau16,571
Portsmouth3,633
Berekua2,608
Saint Joseph2,184
Wesley1,933
Soufriere1,416
Pointe Michel1,202
Colihaut890
Rosalie802
Pont Casse702

Dominica Population Indicators

IndicatorValue

Dominica Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
201874,30850.07%49.95%98.952040.52%
201773,92550.05%49.95%98.442040.52%
201673,54350.04%49.97%97.932040.52%
201573,16250.02%49.97%97.422040.48%
201071,44049.98%50.02%95.132040.23%
200570,62749.94%50.06%94.042040.27%
200069,67649.96%50.04%92.78203-0.48%
199571,36849.70%50.29%95.032020.12%
199070,92649.85%50.14%94.44199-0.75%
198573,64349.77%50.23%98.06197-0.45%
198075,31449.84%50.17%100.281950.88%
197572,09448.86%51.13%96.001950.29%
197071,07348.20%51.82%94.641941.79%
196565,03847.58%52.42%86.601921.62%
196060,01146.87%53.15%79.911921.92%
195554,56049.30%50.70%72.651921.32%
195051,10050.23%49.77%68.041900.00%

Dominica Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202075,05250.07%49.93%99.942040.00%
202576,64350.07%49.93%102.052040.42%
203077,59350.02%49.97%103.322040.25%
203577,88349.96%50.04%103.712040.07%
204077,76649.88%50.11%103.55204-0.03%
204577,39649.81%50.18%103.06205-0.10%
205076,72549.77%50.23%102.16205-0.17%
205575,66849.76%50.25%100.76204-0.28%
206074,21649.75%50.24%98.82204-0.39%
206572,44549.74%50.26%96.46204-0.48%
207070,44749.70%50.28%93.80205-0.56%
207568,34249.61%50.38%91.00205-0.60%
208066,06549.53%50.49%87.97205-0.68%
208563,63049.50%50.50%84.73206-0.75%
209061,22949.50%50.49%81.53206-0.77%
209558,96249.54%50.45%78.51207-0.75%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the1960, 1970, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  2. GeoNames Gazetteer