Jamaica Population and Religion Percentage

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. It’s the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the Caribbean (after Cuba and Hispaniola).  The total Land Area of Jamaica is 10,831 sq. km (4,182 sq. mi)  & the Population Density of Jamaica is 273 per Km2 (708 people per mi2).

According to the UN World Population Studies, the estimated population of Jamaica in 2024 is 2,824,738 (2.8 million or 28.25 Lakh)

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Jamaica Demographics
Jamaica 2024 Population
Total Population 2,824,738 (2.8 million)
Global Rank 139
Land Area  10,831 sq. km (4,182 sq. mi)
Area Rank 160
Pop. Density 273 people/sq. km
Fertility Rate*  1.99
Infant mortality rate **  10.8
Median Age   30.7 Years
Life Expectancy  74.88 years
Urban Population  55%

*Fertility rate, average number of children born to women during their reproductive years.

**Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

Religion in Jamaica

Jamaica is a Christian-majority country and 70% of the population adheres to Christianity. Protestant churches are followed by 64.8% of the population. Next is Roman Catholics (2.2%) and Jehovah’s Witness (1.9%). 

The largest Protestant denominations are the Church of God (24%), Seventh-day Adventist Church (11%), Pentecostal (10%), Baptist (7%), Anglican (4%), United Church (2%), Methodist (2%), Moravian (1%) and Plymouth Brethren (1%)

The Rastafari movement or Rasta is a religious movement that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica also with 1.1% of the population as its followers. Non-Christian faiths account for 6.5% and include Islam, Hinduism, Baháʼí Faith, Jews, and African traditional faiths. The remaining 23.6% are classified as unaffiliated, which can mean agnostic, atheist, or “nothing in particular.”

Religion percentage in Jamaica 

  • Protestant – 64.8%
  • Roman Catholic  – 2.2%
  • Jehovah’s Witness – 1.9%
  • Rastafari – 1.1%
  • None – 21.3%
  • Other – 6.5%
  • Unspecified – 2.3%

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Jamaica Ethnic Population

Jamaica has a predominantly African or partially African descent Population and, a small proportion of people of mixed African and European descent. A few people trace their ancestry to the United Kingdom, India, China, the Middle East, Portugal, and Germany.

Asians form the second-largest group and include Indo-Jamaicans and Chinese Jamaicans. Most are descended from indentured workers brought by the British colonial government to fill labor shortages following the abolition of slavery in 1838.  There are about 20,000 Jamaicans who have Lebanese and Syrian ancestry Most were Christian immigrants who fled the Ottoman occupation of Lebanon in the early 19th century. 

Ethnic groupspercentage
Black or Black Mixed92.10%
Mixed non-Black6.10%
Asian0.80%
Other0.40%
Unspecified0.70%
Top Cities in Jamaica by Population
#CityPopulation
1Kingston661,862
2Portmore182,153
3Spanish Town147,152
4Montego Bay110,115
5May Pen61,548
6Mandeville49,695
7Old Harbour28,912
8Savanna-la-Mar22,633
9Ocho Rios16,671
10Linstead15,231
Population of Jamaica 2024 | Religion in Jamaica