Dominica Population 2017

73,353

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.

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 2017Source: 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
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude15.41666666-61.33333333
Currencies UsedXCD

Dominica Population Density

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

Dominica Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
201773,3530%0%971090.45%202
201572,6800%0%961080.46%202
201071,1670%0%941070.33%203
200570,5420%0%941040.21%203
200069,6790%0%92103-0.03%202
199571,3670%0%95100-0.31%201
199070,9280%0%9495-0.11%198
198573,6400%0%9884-0.84%196
198075,3130%0%100790.08%194
197572,0910%0%96750.77%194
197071,0760%0%94700.69%193
196565,0380%0%86741.93%191
196060,0160%0%80741.68%191
195554,5560%0%72751.79%191
195051,1010%0%68721.18%189

Dominica Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202074,3230%0%991090.41%202
202575,6400%0%1001160.25%202
203076,2800%0%1011170.06%202
203576,2640%0%101119-0.08%202
204075,8460%0%101119-0.15%203
204575,1900%0%100120-0.22%203
205074,2100%0%98124-0.33%203
205572,8420%0%97128-0.44%203
206071,0840%0%94133-0.54%203
206569,0690%0%92133-0.62%204
207066,8760%0%89136-0.68%205
207564,5740%0%86141-0.75%205
208062,0660%0%82144-0.85%206
208559,4080%0%79147-0.89%207
209056,8510%0%75149-0.87%207
209554,4920%0%72151-0.81%207
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations