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.

Bordering Countries of Dominica

According to abbreviationfinder, Dominica is an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea, and it is bordered by two countries: Guadeloupe to the north, and Martinique to the south. Guadeloupe is a French overseas region located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. It consists of two main islands – Basse-Terre Island and Grande-Terre – as well as several smaller islands. The capital city of Guadeloupe is Basse-Terre, located on Basse-Terre Island. The population of this country is approximately 400,000 people. The official language of Guadeloupe is French, but many people speak Creole as well.

Martinique is another French overseas region located in the Lesser Antilles, just north of Dominica. Its capital city is Fort-de-France and its population stands at approximately 386,000 people. Martinique has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 18°C (64°F) to 32°C (90°F). The official language here is also French; however, many people also speak Creole and English. Martinique has a rich cultural heritage which includes music, dance, art, literature and cuisine that reflect its African and European roots. Its economy largely depends on tourism as well as agricultural production such as bananas and sugar cane.

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 km²
Urbanization 72.00%
predominantly of African descent; 1.5% indigenous people; white minority
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.