Dominica Population, People, Languages and Religions

By | January 21, 2022

Dominica Country Overview

Where is Dominica located? Dominica is a small island belonging to the “Lesser Antilles” and can be found in the east of the Caribbean. It is significant enough as a state to be a member of the Commonwealth of Nations in its own right. On the time zone map, the countries of the world are divided into world time zones along the lines of longitude. The time zone Dominica is in is called “Atlantic Standard Time” (AST). There is a time difference to the world clock of 4 hours. On the clocks there it is always 4 hours earlier than on the world clock. In summer, there is no plan to make a time shift to daylight saving time.

Dominican Republic National Flag

Population Distribution

As of 2023, the latest population of Dominica is 74,243, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).

Total population 74,243
Population growth rate 0.13%
Birth rate 15.10 births per 1,000 people
Life expectancy
Overall 76.39 years
Men 73.43 years
Women 79.49 years
Age structure
0-14 years 21.62%
15-64 years 66.95%
65 years and above 11.43%
Median age 32.60 years
Gender ratio (Male to Female) 1.02
Population density 98.86 residents per kmĀ²
Urbanization 72.00%
Ethnicities
predominantly of African descent; 1.5% indigenous people; white minority
Religions
Catholics (Roman Catholic) 61.4%, Protestants 20.6% Rastafarians 1.3% Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.2% no religion 6.1%, others 0.3%
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.724
HDI ranking 98th out of 194

People in Dominica

About 72,000 people live on Dominica. Most are of African descent. They were once brought here as slaves by Europeans. Almost 3 percent belong to the Caribs, the original residents before the arrival of the Europeans. They are the only pre-Columbian population in the Eastern Caribbean. They live in eight villages on the east coast in a reserve, the Carib Territory. Europeans now make up less than 1 percent of the population. Many Dominicans emigrate, especially to the USA, Canada, Great Britain and France, because they hope for better living conditions. As a result, the population is growing very slowly.

Languages in Dominica

The official language in Dominica is English. The island belonged to Great Britain until 1978. A Creole language is also spoken, Antilles Creole. It is based on French, which is due to the fact that France was also a colonial power on the island for a long time. Above all, however, it is only spoken of by the elderly.

Religions in Dominica

The majority of the population is Catholic, namely around 80 percent. This is due to the influence of France over many years. The 15 percent Protestants are divided into Methodists, Adventists, Baptists and other churches.