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Population in Montserrat


As of mid 2011, Montserrat has a population of approximately 5,100, all of which reside in the Northern section of the Island. Presently there is no capital city, but there is a developing commercial sector stretching from Cudjoe head to St John’s. The majority of the populations are of African descent, with remainder British, American, African, Indian and German. The African descended population being mostly comprised of Caribbean nationals. Approximately 3% of the population are retirees from Europe and North America.

Until the volcanic activity began, Montserrat’s population remained relatively stable because of emigration and a low birth rate. Plymouth and its environs were the main centres of settlement. The island’s population exceeded 10,000 in the early 1990s, but during the volcano crisis more than two-thirds of Montserratians departed for Britain, neighbouring Antigua, and other parts of the Caribbean region. Some had returned by the late 1990s; however, renewed eruptions have discouraged resettlement, and access to the southern two-thirds of the island has been restricted. Temporary or semi-permanent housing has been built in the northern part of the island for many of the residents who lost homes in the south.

Primary education is free and compulsory for children aged 5–14. Nearly all Montserratians are literate. Eruptions destroyed the Technical Training College in Plymouth. Primary and secondary schools, a library, a hospital, and a branch of the University of the West Indies have all been relocated to the north.


Population : 5,140 (July 2011 est.)
note: an estimated 8,000 refugees left the island following the resumption of volcanic activity in July 1995; some have returned
Age structure : 0-14 years: 26.9% (male 717/female 665)
15-64 years: 66.6% (male 1,648/female 1,777)
65 years and over: 6.5% (male 208/female 125) (2011 est.)
Median age

: total: 29.6 years
male: 29.2 years
female: 30.1 years (2011 est.)
Population growth rate : 0.447% (2011 est.)
Birth rate : 11.67 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Death rate : 7.2 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
Net migration rate : 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Urbanisation : urban population: 14% of total population (2010)
rate of urbanisation: 2.4% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Sex ratio : at birth: 1.033 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.09 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.91 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 2.03 male(s)/female
total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2011 est.)
Infant mortality rate : total: 15.23 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 11.54 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 19.1 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.)
Life expectancy at birth : total population: 73.16 years
male: 74.99 years
female: 71.24 years (2011 est.)
Total fertility rate : 1.26 children born/woman (2011 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate : NA
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS : NA
HIV/AIDS - deaths : NA
Drinking water source : improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population (2008)
Sanitation facility access : improved:
urban: 96% of population
rural: 96% of population
total: 96% of population
urban: 4% of population
rural: 4% of population
total: 4% of population (2008)
Nationality : noun: Montserratian(s)
adjective: Montserratian
Ethnic groups : black, white - mainly of British, Irish and African descent
Religions : Protestant (Anglican, Methodist, Pentecostal, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Christian denominations), Roman Catholic
Languages : English
Literacy : definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 97%
male: 97%
female: 97% (1970 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) : total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 17 years (2007)
Education expenditures : 3.3% of GDP (2004)




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