Bermuda Population 2020

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory located in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is a self-governing country, with its own government and its own constitution, while the United Kingdom maintains charge of defense and foreign relations. The capital of Bermuda and the only incorporated city is Hamilton with a population of just 1,000. This makes it one of the smallest capital cities in the world. The largest city in Bermuda is the historic St. George's with a population of 2,600.

As of 2019, Bermuda holds the highest population of all the British Overseas Territories with a population of 60,833, according to the latest estimates from the UN’s World Population Prospects. Bermuda has a 2020 population of 62,278 according to the latest estimates from the UN's World Population Prospects.

Demographics

The racial composition of Bermuda, according to a 2010 census, is estimated at:

  • 54% Black
  • 31% White
  • 8% Multiracial
  • 4% Asian
  • 3% Other

While from early settlement until the 19th century Bermuda was predominantly made up of white Anglo-Saxon ethnic groups, the slave trade brought in many African slaves, and the emigration of Free Blacks. Initially, this was slow to change the demographics, due to the encouraged emigration of Free Blacks (who made up the majority of Black Bermudans in the 17th century) by the end of the slave trade Bermuda’s black population was self-sustaining, with it’s growth expanding naturally.

Portuguese immigration from the Atlantic Islands began in the 19th century, providing labor for the blooming agricultural industry. Portuguese laborers had not, however, been allowed to migrate on the basis of permanent immigration. Some, however, were allowed to stay, and there was a sizable community of Portuguese-Bermudans by the 1940s. Bermuda continued to rely on large-scale immigration of temporary Portuguese agricultural workers until the 1990s, when economic recession led to many work permits being denied renewal. Many were forced to leave. It's believed that as much as 10% of the population can trace Portuguese heritage. This is, however, inexact; it's thought that the real number is likely much higher.

History

The first Europeans known to have reached Bermuda did so in 1050. Spanish navigator Juan de Bermúdez was the one to discover the islands on his way back to Spain from Hispaniola, and the island was then named after him, having claimed the islands for the Spanish Empire.

The island was visited frequently for the next hundred years, but it was never settled. After an English voyage to Jamestown, Virginia was diverted to Bermuda by a stirn, the 150 passengers started a new settlement, staying for 10 months while building new ships to take them to Jamestown, and claimed the islands for the English Crown. One of these passengers was John Rolfe, future husband of Pocahontas. 1612 saw the first intentional English settlements established on Bermuda.

Population Growth

Since 2005 the population of Bermuda has actually been decreasing. By 2025, it's believed Bermuda's population will have dropped by 5,000 or 7.5%.Until this trend, the population had been rising steadily since the 1950s, rising from 37,260 to 65,130 in 55 years.

Bermuda is one of the 14 British Overseas Territories. It is located in the Atlantic Ocean and is closest to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, which is still over 600 miles away. This island territory has a total area of about 20.5 square miles. In 2018, the population of Bermuda was estimated to be 71,176. Not only does this make it the most populous territory of all of the British Overseas Territories, but it also makes it very densely populated with over 3,400 people per square mile. The last estimated population is a significant increase over the last recorded population of 2010, which was over 64,000 inhabitants.

The capital of Bermuda is Hamilton, which is also the territory’s financial center. With a population of just over 1,000 inhabitants, it is one of the smallest capital cities in the world. The most populous city is St. George’s, which has a relatively small population of over 1,700 people.

Native-born residents make up the majority of the population. About 64% of the population was born in Bermuda. Over half of the population is black, although this percentage could include anyone with a mix of black, white, and indigenous backgrounds. Other ethnic groups in Bermuda include whites, Asians, and people of two or more races. The official language is English, although it is Bermudian English which combines characteristics of West Indian, American, and British English.

There are thousands of expatriate workers residing in Bermuda. Most of these workers are from Canada, South Africa, the United States, and the West Indies. Many of these people work in finance, accounting, and insurance, while others work in trades. Approximately 29% of Bermuda’s workforce are non-Bermudians. Offshore insurance and tourism are the most significant contributors to Bermuda’s economy.

There are several different religions that are practiced in Bermuda. The largest population is of Protestants, which make up over 46% of the population. There are also smaller populations of Muslims, Catholics, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, just to name a few.

Bermuda Population in 2018Source: By Mike Oropeza [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Official NameBermuda
Languages SpokenEnglish
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude32.33, -64.75
Currencies UsedBermuda Dollar
DemonymBermudian
BordersNone
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202062,27847.85%52.14%1153.30206-0.36%
201962,50647.89%52.11%1157.52206-0.40%
201862,75647.92%52.09%1162.15206-0.46%
201763,04947.93%52.06%1167.57206-0.49%
201663,36247.96%52.03%1173.37205-0.52%
201563,69248.00%52.00%1179.48205-0.52%
201065,38948.15%51.85%1210.91205-0.26%
200566,25748.54%51.46%1226.982050.38%
200065,01248.44%51.57%1203.932050.49%
199563,44248.33%51.66%1174.852050.58%
199061,63448.31%51.69%1141.372040.67%
198559,60248.36%51.63%1103.742040.70%
198057,57348.53%51.48%1066.172030.77%
197555,40048.66%51.34%1025.932021.06%
197052,56548.76%51.24%973.432001.25%
196549,38848.81%51.18%914.592001.89%
196044,97948.75%51.27%832.941982.02%
195540,70848.62%51.38%753.851971.79%
195037,26048.52%51.47%690.001970.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202062,27847.85%52.14%1153.302060.00%
202561,51047.73%52.29%1139.07207-0.25%
203060,49247.56%52.44%1120.22208-0.33%
203559,16447.38%52.63%1095.63208-0.44%
204057,51347.22%52.77%1065.06208-0.56%
204555,51347.12%52.89%1028.02209-0.71%
205053,27847.10%52.90%986.63213-0.82%
205551,04147.18%52.81%945.20215-0.85%
206048,99747.37%52.64%907.35215-0.81%
206547,21747.56%52.43%874.39216-0.74%
207045,68947.71%52.28%846.09216-0.66%
207544,23647.79%52.20%819.19216-0.64%
208042,78247.78%52.20%792.26216-0.67%
208541,26947.75%52.26%764.24217-0.72%
209039,74747.71%52.30%736.06217-0.75%
209538,28347.71%52.28%708.94217-0.75%
  1. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1991, 2000 and 2010 censuses, official estimates through 2016, and with estimates of trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  2. GeoNames Gazetteer