Antigua and Barbuda Population, People, Languages and Religions

By | January 21, 2022

Antigua and Barbuda Country Overview

Where is Antigua and Barbuda located? Antigua and Barbuda are two islands that together form an independent island nation. They can be found between the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. The world is divided into different time zones, each of which is defined by how far the time of the countries containing this zone is from international world time. Antigua and Barbuda is in a different time zone than Germany on this time zone map. The time on the islands is 4 hours behind the international world time, also called UTC. Thus, the time difference between Germany and the islands is 3 hours.

Antigua and Barbuda National Flag

Population Distribution

As of 2023, the latest population of Antigua and Barbuda is 98,179, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).

Total population 98,179
Population growth rate 1.18%
Birth rate 15.70 births per 1,000 people
Life expectancy
Overall life expectancy 75.91 years
Men life expectancy 73.85 years
Women life expectancy 78.07 years
Age structure
0-14 years 22.91%
15-64 years 68.76%
65 years and above 8.32%
Median age 31.40 years
Gender ratio (Male to Female) 0.90
Population density 221.62 residents per kmĀ²
Urbanization 37.70%
Ethnicities
African descent 87.3%, mixed 4.7%, Hispanic 2.7%, white 1.6%, other 2.7%, unspecified 0.9% (2011)
Religions
Anglicans, other Protestants 73.7%; Catholics (Roman Catholic) 10.8%; Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.3%; Other 14.3%
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.776
HDI ranking 74th out of 194

People in Antigua and Barbuda

Most of Antigua and Barbuda’s 96,000 residents live in Antigua. Only about 1800 people live on Barbuda. The majority of the population, around 92 percent, are black. Their ancestors were brought here as slaves from Africa. Besides them there are some whites and asians.

Languages in Antigua and Barbuda

Because the islands were part of Great Britain for a long time, English is spoken here. However, many residents speak a Creole language, the Antigua Creole language. It came about when the African slaves learned English and brought in their own pronunciation and their own words. For example, while English says “I am not going”, Creole says: “Me nah go.” The word for child is pickney, by the way.

Religions in Antigua and Barbuda

Most of the residents belong to a Christian church, 73 percent are Protestants, 10 percent Catholics.