Jamaica's Population Is Declining

Jamaica's Population In Decline

Jamaica's Population In Decline

I was drawn to an article on Irie FM, one of our popular radio stations here in Jamaica, that reported our population declined in 2018 (over 2017).

According to them, The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) reportedly said that a steadily declining birth rate, and a negative net migration, led to a decline in Jamaica’s population last year.

Carol Coy, Director General of STATIN was quoted as saying that an estimate of the population in 2018 indicated a decline of almost 1,700 people.

Well, you know me, I got curios, rushed to the Statistical Institute Of Jamaica website and started my detective work and confirmed same!

In actuallity, we were down an estimated 1672 persons.
An estimated 2,726,667 persons were recorded in 2018, compared to 2,728,339 in 2017.

But I went further and checked the previous year and noticed that it is in fact a trend that started from 2016, apparently for the first time!

In 2016, the population was reported to be 2,728,968; so at 2,728,339 in 2017, the decline was 629.
To me that's not quite shocking, but very very interesting! Two years in a row?

But population decline is not new to Jamaica, it appears to be a new feature of many developing countries!

Honestly, I am quietly concerned about us!

What's your view on this though? What do you think are the contributing factors?

Please let me know via this comment link below.



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Apr 28, 2019
declining population
by: phillipi

crime is the main issue here, opportunities another issue, where this world is at now,technology advancement. social media is the norm.the realization of ones dream and talent will not be undermined or put to sleep hence travelling abroad is a must until Jamaica obtain strong leaders in all areas a declining population is inevitable.

Apr 28, 2019
What’s going on
by: Samuel

It’s quite clear as one other person already stated however poverty don’t help the situation selling or giving away the land to foreign investors don’t help either. Jamaica is a corporation a business. That’s how the country is run so there are very little room to consider the people of Jamaica like better child care service better education and lifestyle choices jobs and housing. Thus we have a heigh murder rate deaths on road suicide and the rise in prison population, people running away many people dream of running away too. People in the diaspora fearful to return. Many men and woman can’t have children what’s causing this poor diets I don’t know. Moreover many people refused to procreate because they can’t afford to raise children lack of housing etc. the government focus is too much of business rather than to help the people by fare distribution of wealth centered around improving the development of the population of its citizens. If this trend continues one day tourist and foreigners will outnumber the Jamaican people them.

Apr 24, 2019
Not Surprised at the results
by: Anonymous

Not completely surprised by the stats.
With one of the highest murder rate in the world, every other person trying to run-off to foreign , and you hardly see a pregnant woman around anymore...there you have the anecdotal evidence ( and rationale).... .not surprised at the result at all!

Apr 24, 2019
Decline in Population
by: Anonymous

Yes, our population is in decline and this will have serious long term consequences. Yet, both the government and the public continues to maintain the argument about the irresponsible women who are having "unwanted children". Instead, we should thank them by helping them to feed, house and educate these children that are needed.

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