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Population of Jamaica 2015

As of 1 January 2016, the population of Jamaica was estimated to be 2 787 964 people. This is an increase of 0.73 % (20 260 people) compared to population of 2 767 704 the year before. In 2015 the natural increase was positive, as the number of births exceeded the number of deaths by 35 039. Due to external migration, the population declined by 14 780. The sex ratio of the total population was 0.969 (969 males per 1 000 females) which is lower than global sex ratio. The global sex ratio in the world was approximately 1 016 males to 1 000 females as of 2015. See also map of the world by sex ratio of total population.

Below are the key figures for Jamaica population in 2015:

Jamaica population 2016

During 2016 Jamaica population is projected to increased by 20 408 people and reach 2 808 372 in the beginning of 2017. The natural increase is expected to be positive, as the number of births will exceed the number of deaths by 35 296. If external migration will remain on the previous year level, the population will be declined by 14 888 due to the migration reasons. It means that amount of people who leaves Jamaica to settle permanently in another country (emigrants) will prevail over the amount of people who moves into the country (to which they are not native) in order to settle there as permanent residents (immigrants).

Population dynamics in 2016

According to our estimations, daily change rates of Jamaica population in 2016 will be the following:

The population of Jamaica will be increased by 56 persons daily in 2016.

Jamaica population density

Jamaica population density is 253.7 people per square kilometer as of February 2016. Density of population is calculated as permanently settled population of Jamaica divided by total area of the country. Total area is the sum of land and water areas within international boundaries and coastlines of Jamaica. The total area of Jamaica is 10 990 km2 according to the United Nations Statistics Division .

Jamaica age structure

As of the beginning of 2016 according to our estimations Jamaica had the following population age distribution:

30.1 62.3 7.6

- percentage of population under 15
- percentage of population between 15 and 64 years old
- percentage of population 65+

In absolute figures (estimation):

We prepared a simplified model of the population distribution pyramid which is broken down into 3 main age groups. The groups are the same as we used above: population under 15, between 15 and 64 and population which is over 65 year old.

65+
15-64
0-14
male female

Note: The pyramid provided is not corresponding to data given above because the age groups have different number of years.

As we can see the Jamaica population pyramid has an expanding type. This type of pyramid is common for developing countries with high birth and death rates. Relatively short life expectancy, as well as low level of education and poor health care are also describe such kind of population age distribution model.

Source: The estimation data for section "Jamaica age structure" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Age dependency ratio

Dependency ratio of population is a ratio of people who are generally not in the labor force (the dependents) to workforce of a country (the productive part of population). The dependent part includes the population under 15 years old and people aged 65 and over. The productive part of population accordingly consists of population between 15 and 64 years.

This ratio shows the pressure on productive population produced by the dependent part of population.

The total dependency ratio of population in Jamaica is 60.5 %.

What does this value mean? It shows that the dependent part of population is more than a half of the working part. It means that the working population (labor force) in Jamaica must provide goods for itself and cover expenditure on children and aged persons (this population is more than a half of working population). The value of more than 50% shows that the pressure on productive population in Jamaica is relatively high.

Child dependency ratio

Child dependency ratio is a ratio of people below working age (under 15) to workforce of a country.

Child dependency ratio in Jamaica is 48.3 %.

Aged dependency ratio

Aged dependency ratio is a ratio of people above working age (65+) to workforce of a country.

Aged dependency ratio in Jamaica is 12.2 %.

Source: The estimation data for section "Jamaica age dependency ratio" is based on the latest demographic and social statistics by United Nations Statistics Division external link.

Life expectancy

Life expectancy at birth is one of the most important demographic indicator. It shows the number of years a newborn infant would live assuming that birth and death rates will remain at the same level during the whole lifetime.

Total life expectancy (both sexes) at birth for Jamaica is 73.5 years.
This is above the average life expectancy at birth of the global population which is about 71 years (according to Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations).

Male life expectancy at birth is 71.8 years.
Female life expectancy at birth is 75.2 years.

Jamaica historical population (1960 - 2016)

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.

Growth Rate 1961 - 2016

Jamaica population history

YearPopulationGrowth Rate
19601 629 003N/A %
19611 651 9151.41 %
19621 678 4671.61 %
19631 707 0191.70 %
19641 734 7631.63 %
19651 760 0001.45 %
19661 783 1251.31 %
19671 803 8911.16 %
19681 823 7061.10 %
19691 844 9361.16 %
19701 869 0001.30 %
19711 895 6291.42 %
19721 925 1621.56 %
19731 956 0801.61 %
19741 985 8521.52 %
19752 013 0001.37 %
19762 037 7161.23 %
19772 059 3991.06 %
19782 080 3071.02 %
19792 104 1411.15 %
19802 133 0001.37 %
19812 162 3001.37 %
19822 200 1001.75 %
19832 240 8001.85 %
19842 279 9001.74 %
19852 311 1001.37 %
19862 335 8001.07 %
19872 350 6000.63 %
19882 356 4000.25 %
19892 374 9000.79 %
19902 390 0000.64 %
19912 406 0420.67 %
19922 423 0440.71 %
19932 441 0240.74 %
19942 460 0020.78 %
19952 480 0000.81 %
19962 509 9231.21 %
19972 534 0690.96 %
19982 556 7800.90 %
19992 574 2890.68 %
20002 589 3890.59 %
20012 605 5560.62 %
20022 615 2530.37 %
20032 624 6950.36 %
20042 634 1450.36 %
20052 643 6010.36 %
20062 653 0420.36 %
20072 662 4810.36 %
20082 671 9340.36 %
20092 681 3860.35 %
20102 690 8240.35 %
20112 699 8380.33 %
20122 707 8050.30 %
20132 727 6260.73 %
20142 747 5920.73 %
20152 767 7040.73 %
20162 787 9640.73 %

The data is given as of 1st of January of an year.