Saint Kitts and Nevis Population 2020

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 2020 population of {Pop}.

St Kitts and Nevis is estimated to have a population of 53,199, 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: By Gertjan R. [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Official NameFederation of Saint Christopher and Nevisa
Languages SpokenEnglish
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude17.33, -62.75
Currencies UsedEast Caribbean Dollar
DemonymKittitian or Nevisian
BordersNone
Name Population Location
Basseterre12,920Map
Fig Tree2,922Map
Market Shop2,568Map
Saint Paul's2,460Map
Middle Island2,332Map
Nicola Town2,059Map
Trinity1,692Map
Charlestown1,538Map
Cayon788Map
Sandy Point Town780Map
Dieppe Bay Town592Map
Monkey Hill592Map
Newcastle493Map
Cotton Ground381Map
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202053,19949.35%50.63%203.832110.71%
201952,82349.39%50.63%202.392110.73%
201852,44149.38%50.61%200.922110.76%
201752,04549.38%50.60%199.412110.81%
201651,62549.39%50.61%197.802110.82%
201551,20349.39%50.61%196.182110.88%
201049,01649.35%50.64%187.802110.90%
200546,85749.26%50.73%179.532121.23%
200044,07450.19%49.83%168.872110.93%
199542,07449.59%50.42%161.202110.89%
199040,25949.05%50.95%154.25211-0.78%
198541,86648.54%51.48%160.41208-0.63%
198043,20548.09%51.90%165.54207-0.49%
197544,27247.46%52.54%169.62206-0.27%
197044,88346.87%53.12%171.97205-1.83%
196549,21446.43%53.56%188.56201-0.79%
196051,19546.11%53.90%196.151951.09%
195548,49245.28%54.71%185.791951.04%
195046,04944.22%55.78%176.431940.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202053,19949.35%50.63%203.832110.00%
202554,74149.30%50.70%209.742110.57%
203055,83249.18%50.82%213.922100.40%
203556,49049.05%50.95%216.442100.23%
204056,73048.91%51.09%217.362090.08%
204556,61048.82%51.20%216.90208-0.04%
205056,16148.75%51.24%215.18208-0.16%
205555,38948.72%51.28%212.22209-0.28%
206054,35148.71%51.31%208.24209-0.38%
206553,11648.67%51.32%203.51211-0.46%
207051,74348.68%51.32%198.25213-0.52%
207550,29648.71%51.30%192.70213-0.57%
208048,84148.74%51.25%187.13213-0.59%
208547,41748.78%51.21%181.67213-0.59%
209046,02848.80%51.19%176.35213-0.59%
209544,68048.81%51.17%171.19213-0.59%
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  2. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1960, 1970, 1980, 1991 and 2001 censuses, and the assumed subsequent trend in the growth rate of the population.The 2011 census was considered but not used.

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