Barbados Population 2020 (Live)

287,420

Barbados is not growing rapidly, but it is growing. By 2025, it is expected to break past 300,000 for the first time. From there it's projected to level off until the end of the century.

The current population of Barbados is 287,420, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2020 population at 287,375.

Barbados Growth Rate

Barbados Population 2020 (Live)

Name Population
Bridgetown98,511
Speightstown3,634
Oistins2,285
Bathsheba1,765
Holetown1,350
Crane935
Greenland623

Barbados Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020287,3750.12%668.3118317
2019287,0250.13%667.5018318
2018286,6410.14%666.6118218
2017286,2320.15%665.6618118
2016285,7960.17%664.6418116
2015285,3240.22%663.5418116
2010282,1310.42%656.1218115
2005276,3230.35%642.6118114
2000271,5150.41%631.4318013
1995265,9550.38%618.5017813
1990260,9360.36%606.8317513
1985256,2630.30%595.9617511
1980252,3940.50%586.9617110
1975246,1540.60%572.451719
1970238,8960.29%555.571699
1965235,4130.38%547.471679
1960230,9800.34%537.161669
1955227,1381.49%528.231659
1950210,9920.00%490.681649

Barbados Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2020287,3750.12%668.3118317
2025288,8060.10%671.6418617
2030289,4440.04%673.1318617
2035288,924-0.04%671.9218719
2040286,647-0.16%666.6218719
2045282,528-0.29%657.0418719
2050277,011-0.39%644.2118719
2055270,843-0.45%629.8718820
2060264,600-0.46%615.3518821
2065258,434-0.47%601.0118822
2070252,305-0.48%586.7618825
2075246,059-0.50%572.2318828
2080239,722-0.52%557.4918829
2085233,279-0.54%542.5118829
2090226,908-0.55%527.6918929
2095220,710-0.55%513.2818930

Barbados Population by Year (Projections)

Barbados Population Pyramid 2020

Barbados Median Age

38.6


Total

37.5


Male

39.8


Female

Barbados Population by Age

There are 226,635 adults in Barbados.

Barbados Population Pyramid

Barbados is a sovereign island nation in the Lesser Antilles with just 431 square kilometers (166 sq mi) of land area. The country was claimed for Spain in the late 15th century before being taken by English in the early 17th century. Barbados was a British colony until gaining independence in 1966, making it the only Caribbean island that didn't change hands during colonial times.

Barbados is the 4th most densely populated country in the Americas, and 15th globally, and it ranks as the 10th most populous island nation in the region. The capital and largest city of Barbados is Bridgetown, with a population of 110,000 and a density of 7,300 people per square kilometer.

Barbados Demographics

About 90% of Barbadians, or Bajans, are of Afro-Caribbean descent and mixed descent. The rest of the population is comprised of Europeans (4%) mostly from Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as Asians, particularly Indians and Chinese. Among the white Barbadians are an underclass called Redlegs, who are descendants of Irish slaves and prisoners imported to Barbados.

The Indo-Guyanese are a major population outside of the Afro-Caribbean community. Chinese-Barbadians make up a small percentage of the country's Asian population, most of whom arrived during World War 2 from Hong Kong. There are also communities of Syrians and Lebanese on the island, most of whom arrived through trade opportunities. Barbados does have a Jewish community of descendants who arrived in the early 17th century.

While English is the official language of Barbados, a regional variant called Bajan is spoken by most people in informal settings. Interestingly, Barbados shares a unique distinction with Japan: both countries have the highest per capita occurrences of centenarians on earth.

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