Its Newport West waterfront serving as the Caribbean island country’s key business port, Kingston is the capital city of Jamaica.
Kingston plays a strategic role in Jamaica’s domestic economy and international trade.
Jamaica’s exports totaled US$1.2 billion during 2016 according to the International Trade Centre. Highest-value Jamaican shipments are for inorganic chemicals, processed petroleum, aluminum, rum and coffee.
On the darker side, WorldAtlas notes that the Caribbean city had a murder rate of 41.14 victims per 1,000 residents, ranking Kingston as number 33 among cities with the highest murder rates worldwide.
Capital Facts for Kingston, Jamaica: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Bob Marley Museum, Devon House, Emancipation Park, Hope Gardens, Port Royal and the University of the West Indies (Mona)
Below, you will find 9 of the most famous people born in Kingston, Jamaica:
- Patrick Ewing, professional basketball player & coach (born Aug. 5, 1962)
- Chili Davis, professional baseball player & coach (born Jan. 17, 1960)
- Skip Marley, singer-songwriter (born Jun. 4, 1996)
- Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Olympic sprinter (born Dec. 27, 1986)
- Patrick Chung, professional football player (born Aug. 19, 1987)
- Sandra Denton, hip hop artist & actress (born Nov. 9, 1964)
- Sanya Richards-Ross, Olympic sprinter (born Feb. 26, 1985)
- Sandra Levy, Olympic field hockey player (born Dec. 3, 1965)
- Don Quarrie, Olympic sprinter (born Feb. 25, 1951)
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 Jamaica : Jamaican
Population: 588,000 (Kingston)
Density: 14,700 people per square mile (5,676 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,970,340 (Jamaica)
Density: 710 people per square mile (274 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$24.65 billion in 2015 (for Jamaica, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $8,800
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 Kingston were unavailable.
Official currency used in Kingston: Jamaican dollar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 13, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 13, 2017
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Official Government Website, Kingston & St. Andrew Corporation: Local Authorities of Jamaica. Accessed on January 13, 2017
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The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 13, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 13, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Jamaica. Accessed on January 13, 2017
Wikipedia, Independence of Jamaica. Accessed on January 13, 2017
Wikipedia, Kingston, Jamaica. Accessed on January 13, 2017
World Atlas, Most Dangerous Cities in the World. Accessed on January 13, 2017
Encompassing both city limits plus nearby communities, Kingston’s built-up urban area measures 40 square miles (104 square kilometers). In 2015, the estimated population for Kingston was 588,000 residents.
The fourth-largest island nation in the Caribbean by land area, Jamaica covers 4,182 square miles (10,831 square kilometers). There were close to 3 million Jamaicans as of July 2016.
Population density is extremely concentrated within Jamaica’s capital city Kingston with an average 14,700 inhabitants per square mile (5,700 per square kilometer).
Factored over the entire island, population density drops to an average 710 Jamaicans per square mile (274 per square kilometer) for all of Jamaica.
Jamaica won its independence from the United Kingdom on August 6, 1962. Fittingly named Jamaican Independence Day, each August 6 is celebrated as a national holiday.