Home to Guyana Sugar Corporation headquarters (its country’s largest company), Georgetown is the capital city for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. While Guyana is physically located on South America’s northern mainland, the sovereign state maintains strong historical, cultural and political ties with the Caribbean community.
West of Stabroek Market, one of Georgetown’s city neighborhoods, lies the Port of Georgetown–Guyana’s largest and busiest seaport. As a nation Guyana exported US$1.5 billion worth of goods in 2016.
Highest-value Guyanese exports are gold, rice, aluminum, liquid containers as well as sugar according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Georgetown, Guyana: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: St. George’s Cathedral, Walter Ross Museum of Anthropology, Demerara Harbour Bridge, University of Guyana, Parliament Building of Guyana and the Cheddi Jagan Research Center
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Georgetown, Guyana:
- Mark McKoy, Olympic gold medal hurdler (born Dec. 10, 1961)
- Phil Edwards, Canada’s top athlete & Olympic medalist (born Sep. 23, 1907)
- Grace Nichols, award-winning poet (born Jan. 18, 1950)
- Charmaine Hooper, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 15, 1968)
- Harry Baird, actor (born May 12, 1931)
- Lyndon Hooper, soccer player/footballer (born May 30, 1966)
- Cheryl Pickering-Moore, pioneering woman pilot (born Dec. 14, 1950)
- Frank Holder, jazz singer & percussionist (born Apr. 2, 1925)
- Beverley Drake, pilot & aviation expert (born Jun. 20, 1956)
- Havelock Nelson, filmmaker & Billboard’s first rap editor (born May 6, 1964)
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 Georgetown: Guyanese
Population: 125,000 (Georgetown)
Density: 4,630 people per square mile (1,788 per square kilometer)
Population: 735,909 (Guyana)
Density: 10 people per square mile (4 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$6.093 billion in 2016 (for Guyana, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $7,900
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 Georgetown were unavailable.
Official currency used in Georgetown: Guyanese dollar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 22, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 22, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Guyana Website, Guyana News and Information. Accessed on January 22, 2017
The World Factbook, South America: Guyana, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Georgetown, Guyana. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Wikipedia, Guyana. Accessed on January 22, 2017
Georgetown municipal city limits contain a land area measuring 27 square miles (70 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 125,000 residents in 2015 per Demographia.
At the country level, Guyana had a population count of 735,909 inhabitants living over a land territory of 76,004 square miles (196,849 square kilometers) as of July 2016.
Population density is much higher within Guyana’s capital city Georgetown with an average 4,600 residents per square mile (1,800 per square kilometer).
For Guyana overall, population density drops significantly to an average 10 Guyanese per square mile (4 per square kilometer).
Guyana won its independence from the United Kingdom on May 26, 1966, which is why Guyanese celebrate each May 26 as a national holiday fittingly called Independence Day.