Saint Kitts and Nevis Population 2017

55,345

The Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis, or the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis (abbreviated to St Kitts and Nevis) is a two-island nation in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. It is the smallest sovereign state of the Americas in terms of population and size, and the eighth smallest country in the world, with an estimated 2017 population of {Pop}.

St Kitts and Nevis is estimated to have a population of 55,345, up from 40,800 in 1990 but about equal to its 1960 population. St Kitts and Nevis has just 261 square kilometers (104 sq mi) of land, which ranks 207th in the world, and a fairly high population density of 164 people per square kilometer (424/sq mi), which is the 64th highest in the world.

The largest city and capital is Basseterre, with a population of 15,500. Most of the population lives in St Kitts.

St Kitts and Nevis Demographics

75% of the population of St Kitts and Nevis are of African descent. The next-largest ethnic group is Afro-European (12.3%), followed by mulatto (5.3%), East Indian and Afro-East Indian (5%), South Asian ethnic groups (3%) and other groups (3). Most inhabitants are descendants of West African slaves.

St Kitts and Nevis has a high emigration rate that caused its population to decline for many years.

St Kitts and Nevis History

St Kitts and Nevis was originally settled by Native Americans 5,000 years before the arrival of Europeans. The last wave, the Kalinago, arrived about 300 years before Europeans, who discovered the islands under Christopher Columbus in 1493. An English colony was established, followed by French settlements, and the island was divided. The Kalinago people allowed the colonization of Saint Kitts, although Anglo-French settlers massacred them in 1626 to preempt a plan by the natives to drive foreigners away.

In 1629, the Spanish destroyed the English and French colonies and deported the settlers, although they were allowed to re-establish their colonies later. Saint Kitts eventually became a base for French and English expansion into the Caribbean.

St Kitts and Nevis are separated by just 2 miles of water but they were governed as separate states until the end of the 19th century, when they were united by the British. Relations remain strained between the two islands.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Population in 2018Source: Gertjan R.

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

Saint Kitts and Nevis Population Growth

About Saint Kitts and Nevis

Official NameFederation of Saint Christopher and Nevisa
Languages SpokenEnglish
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude17.33333333-62.75
Currencies UsedXCD

Saint Kitts and Nevis Population Density

Name Population
Basseterre12,920
Fig Tree2,922
Market Shop2,568
Saint Paul's2,460
Middle Island2,332
Nicola Town2,059
Trinity1,692
Charlestown1,538
Cayon788
Sandy Point Town780
Monkey Hill592
Dieppe Bay Town592
Newcastle493
Cotton Ground381

Saint Kitts and Nevis Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Net Migration Rate 0 people/thousand
Net Reproduction Rate 0 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 0 males per female
Mean Age at Childbearing 0 years
Rate of Natural Increase 0
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 0%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 0%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 0%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 0%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 0%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 0%
Median Age (Total) 34.5 years
Median Age (Female) 34.3 years
Median Age (Male) 34.7 years

Saint Kitts and Nevis Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
201755,34549.61%50.39%2120.97%
201554,28849.60%50.41%2081.08%
201051,44549.50%50.50%1971.14%
200548,61149.37%50.62%1861.39%
200045,37450.24%49.76%1741.13%
199542,89149.46%50.54%1640.99%
199040,83448.97%51.03%156-0.57%
198542,01348.53%51.50%161-0.56%
198043,21048.08%51.90%166-0.49%
197544,27647.46%52.54%170-0.27%
197044,88546.87%53.13%172-1.82%
196549,21446.43%53.56%189-0.79%
196051,19546.11%53.90%1961.09%
195548,49245.28%54.72%1861.04%
195046,04944.22%55.78%1760.00%

Saint Kitts and Nevis Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
202056,81349.60%50.38%2180.00%
202558,91749.58%50.42%2260.73%
203060,60349.48%50.52%2320.57%
203561,86849.37%50.63%2370.41%
204062,73749.26%50.74%2400.28%
204563,23949.19%50.81%2420.16%
205063,38649.15%50.86%2430.05%
205563,19149.13%50.88%242-0.06%
206062,73649.09%50.90%240-0.14%
206562,05049.09%50.91%238-0.22%
207061,21949.11%50.89%235-0.27%
207560,29249.20%50.82%231-0.30%
208059,34649.30%50.71%227-0.32%
208558,36249.41%50.58%224-0.33%
209057,36749.52%50.48%220-0.34%
209556,35249.63%50.37%216-0.36%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer