Saint Kitts And Nevis Population 2017

56,780

St Kitts and Nevis is estimated to have a population of 51,300, 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 2017Source: Gertjan R.

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

Saint Kitts And Nevis Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
201756,7800%0%218591.02%206
201555,5710%0%213591.09%207
201052,3520%0%201601.23%210
200549,1380%0%188601.37%209
200045,5440%0%175611.46%210
199542,8880%0%164581.17%210
199040,8330%0%157580.43%210
198542,0160%0%16157-0.76%207
198043,2050%0%16649-0.53%205
197544,2780%0%17046-0.31%205
197044,8820%0%17241-0.88%204
196549,2110%0%18933-1.75%199
196051,1960%0%196300%194
195548,4940%0%186271.55%194
195046,0530%0%177260.18%194

Saint Kitts And Nevis Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
202058,4730%0%224620.91%206
202560,9680%0%234630.74%205
203063,0900%0%242630.6%205
203564,8480%0%249630.47%205
204066,2020%0%254640.33%205
204567,1570%0%258630.22%205
205067,7350%0%260630.11%205
205567,9700%0%261650.02%205
206067,9480%0%26164-0.05%206
206567,7120%0%26064-0.1%205
207067,2940%0%25868-0.15%204
207566,7440%0%25667-0.19%204
208066,0880%0%25468-0.22%204
208565,3490%0%25169-0.24%204
209064,5350%0%24869-0.26%204
209563,6630%0%24469-0.28%204
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations