Dominica Population 2017
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 72,700, 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.
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.
Source: Ted Rufus Ross