Barbados Demographics

What is the population of Barbados?

Population 294,560
Population Growth Rate 0.34%
Urban Population 44.4%
Population in Major Urban Areas BRIDGETOWN (capital) 122,000
Nationality Noun Barbadian(s) or Bajan (colloquial)
Nationality Adjective Barbadian or Bajan (colloquial)
Ethnic Groups Black 90%, white 4%, Asian and mixed 6%
Languages Spoken English

Barbados Health Information

What are the health conditions in Barbados?

Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 8.4
Drinking Water Source - percent of rural population improved 99.8%
Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved 0.2%
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 99.8%
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 7.7%
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 1.4%
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 6.6
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 9.76
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 12.49
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 11.13
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 51
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 34.7%
People Living with HIV/AIDS 2,100
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 1.81
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of total population unimproved 8.4%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 91.6%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of rural population improved 91.6%
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 1.68

Barbados Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Barbados?

Life Expectancy at Birth 74 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 77 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 72 Years
Median Age 37 Years
Median Age - female 38 Years
Median Age - male 36 Years

Barbados Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Barbados median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 12
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 8.4
Median Age 37 Years
Median Age - female 38 Years
Median Age - male 36 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population -0.3
Population Growth Rate 0.34%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female .99
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female .94
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.01
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female .94
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .65

Barbados Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Barbados?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

The main medical facility in Barbados is Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Medical care is good for the region, but medical transport can take hours to respond and ambulance attendants are prohibited from applying lifesaving techniques during transport. Minor problems requiring a visit to the emergency room can involve a wait of several hours; private clinics and physicians offer speedier service. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost thousands of dollars. Doctors and hospitals expect immediate cash payment for health services, and U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs do not provide payment for medical services outside the United States.

Barbados Education

What is school like in Barbados?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 5.6%
Literacy - female 99.7%
Literacy - male 99.7%
Literacy - total population 99.7%
Literacy Definition Age 15 and over has ever attended school
School Life Expectancy - female 17 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 14 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 15 Years

Barbados Literacy

Can people in Barbados read?

Literacy - female 99.7%
Literacy - male 99.7%
Literacy - total population 99.7%
Literacy Definition Age 15 and over has ever attended school
Predominant Language English

Barbados Crime

Is Barbados a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Crime in Barbados is characterized primarily by petty theft and street crime. Incidents of violent crime, including rape, do occur. Visitors should be especially vigilant on the beaches at night. In 2012 several female tourists were reportedly sexually assaulted in separate attacks while walking alone in the Holetown area on the West Coast of Barbados.

As always, visitors to and residents in Barbados should always be aware of their surroundings and exercise caution, especially when walking alone and even during the day. If walking alone, avoid secluded areas. Always secure valuables in a hotel safe, and always lock and secure a hotel room and rental home doors and windows.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, but if you purchase them you may be breaking local law.

Barbados Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Barbados, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different than our own. In some places, you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. In some places, it is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings. In some places, driving under the influence could land you immediately in jail. These criminal penalties will vary from country to country. There are also some things that might be legal in the country you visit, but still illegal in the United States and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Barbados, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not where you are going.

Persons violating Barbados laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking of illegal drugs in Barbados are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

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