Nicknames for Belmopan include “The Garden City” and “City of Promise”.
Belmopan has the smallest population of any capital city in North, South or Central America.
In 1961, deadly tropical cyclone Hurricane Hattie virtually destroyed the Central American country’s former capital Belize City situated on Central America’s eastern coast. In the storm’s aftermath, the more inland-protected and higher elevated Belmopan became Belize’s capital city.
Research website numbeo lacks sufficient data to rank Belize’s capital on its comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Numbeo does evaluate Belmopan on several individual factors. For instance, Belmopan’s health care rating is the off-the-charts worst, its safety score ranks in the bottom 24% while its climate scores in the bottom 28% partly due to tropical storms. On the positive side, Belmopan did relatively well for pollution (cleanest 45%) and is a leader for fastest traffic commute time.
Once called the British Honduras, the Caribbean nation of Belize was recognized by the Guinness World Records for its Belize Barrier Reserve. That reef system measures 371.8 square miles (963 square kilometers) and is the biggest in the northern hemisphere.
Belize was also awarded a Guinness World Record for consuming an average 138 pounds (62.6 kilograms) of sugar per capita, the greatest per-person sugar consumption anywhere.
From an international trade perspective, Belize exported an estimated US$244.9 million worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include sugar (27.8% of Belize’s global total), bananas including plantains (15.8%), fruit juices (10.2%), lobsters, shrimps and crabs (6.8%), refined petroleum oils (4.7%), crude oil (4.1%), dried leguminous vegetables (3.8%), molluscs (3.2%), cigarettes (2.2%), molasses (2.1%), and bran (1.5%) according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Belmopan, Belize: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Art Box Arts & Crafts Center, Belize Zoo, Blue Hole National Park, Crystal Cave and St. Herman’s Cave
Below, you will find 5 of the most famous people born in Belmopan, Belize.
- Dion Frazer, professional soccer/football player (born Feb. 17, 1981)
- Mervin Budram, technology entrepreneur (born Mar. 16, 1983)
- Roona Jackson, Sr. Chief Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer (born Jan. 4, 1973)
- Rheisha Shol, 2014 Miss Houston Caribbean Beauty Queen
- Selvin Efraín De León Castillo, soccer/football midfielder (born Jul. 19, 1980)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Belize: Belizean
Population: 13,381 in 2020 (Belmopan)
Density: 1,057 people per square mile (408 per square kilometer)
Population: 398,602 (Belize) at August 17, 2020
Density: 45 people per square mile (17 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Belize: 25.5 years old
GDP: US$3.52 billion in 2019 (Belize)
GDP per person: $8,664
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Belmopan were unavailable.
Official currency used in Belmopan: Belizean dollars
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Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Central America and Caribbean: Belize.
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition.
Guinness World Records, Largest barrier reef system in the northern hemisphere.
Guinness World Records, Most sugar consumed (per capita).
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Databases.
International Trade Centre, Trade Map.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Silas Odow, Greatest Ever Hurricanes and Typhoons.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
WorldOMeter, Belize Population.
Belize won its independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981. Fittingly named Independence Day, Belizeans celebrate each September 21 as a national holiday.
Belmopan’s land area measures 12.66 square miles (32.78 square kilometers), home to an estimated population of 13,381 people in 2020.
At the country level, Belize’s land area covers 8,807 square miles (22,810 square kilometers). The nation’s population count was 398,602 Belizeans at August 17, 2020.
Population density is more concentrated within Belize’s capital city Belmopan, averaging 1,057 residents per square mile (408 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Belize’s land boundaries, population density dilutes to an average 45 people per square mile (17 per square kilometer).