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Where is Jamaica?

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Located in the continent of the Caribbean, Jamaica covers 10,831 square kilometers of land and 160 square kilometers of water, making it the 170th largest nation in the world with a total area of 10,991 square kilometers.

Jamaica became an independent state in 1962, after gaining its sovereignty from The United Kingdom. The population of Jamaica is 2,889,187 (2012) and the nation has a density of 267 people per square kilometer.

The dialing code for the country is 1 and the top level internet domain for Jamaican sites is .jm.

Jamaica does not share land borders with any countries.

To learn more, visit our detailed Jamaica section.

Quick facts

Population 2,889,187
Density 266.8 / km2 ( 690.9 / mi2 )
Language English
Independence Year 1962
Capital Kingston (Kingston)
GDP 14,362,262,585 (2013 data)
GDP per Capita 4,971 (2013 data)
Land Area 10,831 km2 (4,182 mi2)
Water Area 160 km2 (62 mi2)
Minimum Longitude -78.370
Maximum Longitude -76.190
Mininum Latitude 17.710
Maximum Latitude 18.530

What is the capital of Jamaica?

map showing the location of Jamaica
Location of Kingston on a map.

Kingston is the capital city of Jamaica. It has a population of 937,700, and is located on a latitue of 18 and longitude of -76.79.

Kingston is also the political center of Jamaica, which is considered a Constitutional Monarchy, and home to its Ceremonial head of state.

Quick Facts About Kingston, the Capital Of Jamaica

City Kingston
Country Jamaica
Population 937,700
Longitude -76.79358000
Latitude 17.99702000
Elevation 65 meters over sea level

Most popular cities in Jamaica

Rank City Population
#1Kingston937,700
#2New Kingston583,958
#3Spanish Town145,018
#4Portmore102,861
#5Montego Bay82,867

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.