Home to its nation’s biggest cargo seaport, Port of Spain is the capital city of Trinidad and Tobago–a twin island country located 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) from Venezuela’s northeastern coast.
Trinidad and Tobago exported US$8.1 billion worth of products around the globe in 2017. Trinidad and Tobago’s highest-value exported products are petroleum gas, oil, chemicals, iron and fertilizers according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Port of Spain: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, Fort King George, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Trinity Cathedral and Queen’s Royal College
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago:
- Giselle Laronde, Miss World 1986 (born Oct. 24, 1963)
- Haddaway, pop singer (born Jan. 9, 1965)
- Ato Boldon, Olympic sprinting medalist (born Dec. 30, 1973)
- Aki Aleong, actor, director & producer (born Dec. 19, 1934)
- Trinidad James, rapper (born Sep. 23, 1987)
- Kerwin Du Bois, reggae singer (born Apr. 2, 1977)
- Tarita Virtue, actress (born Feb. 16, 1970)
- Brent Sancho, soccer player/footballer (born Mar. 13, 1977)
- Keston Bledman, Olympic relay race medalist (born Mar. 8, 1988)
- Aaron Duncan, pop singer (born Jun. 25, 2003)
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 Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidadian
Population: 49,031 (Port of Spain municipality)
Density: 10,006 people per square mile (3,863 per square kilometer)
Population: 525,000 (Port of Spain urbanized area)
Density: 4,773 people per square mile (1,843 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,220,479 (Trinidad and Tobago)
Density: 616 people per square mile (238 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$43.57 billion in 2016 (for Trinidad and Tobago, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $31,900
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 Port of Spain were unavailable.
Official currency used in Port of Spain: Trinidad and Tobago dollar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 14, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Guinness World Records, Explore Records Online. Accessed on January 14, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Port of Spain. Accessed on January 14, 2017
The World Factbook, Central America and Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, East-West Corridor. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Port of Spain. Accessed on January 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Trinidad and Tobago. Accessed on January 14, 2017
World Population Review, Population of Cities in Trinidad and Tobago (2016). Accessed on January 14, 2017
Port of Spain’s municipal city limits contain a land area measuring 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 49,031 in 2016.
Adding in neighboring communities including the East-West Corridor–a borough in northern Trinidad encompassing land from Port of Spain to Arima results in a built-up urban land area equal to 110 square miles (285 square kilometers). The population count is about 525,000 for this expanded urban area.
Within national boundaries, Trinidad and Tobago’s population was 1.2 million people in 2016 who live over a total land area of 1,980 square miles (5,128 square kilometers).
Population density is much higher within Trinidad and Tobago’s capital city Port of Spain with an average 10,000 inhabitants per square mile (3,900 per square kilometer). Over the enlarged area including nearby communities, Port of Spain’s built-up urbanized area has a density of 4,800 square miles (1,800 square kilometers).
At the country level, population density drops severely to an average 600 people per square mile (240 per square kilometer) for Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago achieved independence from the United Kingdom on August 31, 1962. Fittingly named as Trinidad and Tobago’s Independence Day, each August 31 is celebrated as a national holiday.