Belize Population Growth
In 1724, a Spanish missionary reported that the population of the Belize settlement consisted of, “about 300 English, besides Mosquito Indians and Negro slaves, these latter having been introduced but a short time before from Jamaica and Bermuda…” By 1745, slaves made up 71% of the population. (S)
In the 1770’s, Belize had a population of about 500 white settlers and 3000 slaves. (B) (S)
The 1790 population is cited as 3385 people. Distribution was reported as: 239 along the Sibun River; 989 living along Salt Creek, Northern River, Rowley’s Bight, and the New River; 1687 along the Belize River; and 470 in Convention Town. (B) This may not account for the approx. 2220 people recently arrived from the Miskito Coast.
1803 – A report states that population of Belize had grown to about 4000, mostly slaves.
1806 – It was estimated that 2,527 slaves were in the settlement. Of the total slave population, 1,270 were men. One thousand of the slaves were employed in the mahogany and logwood industries. (M)
1823 – A rough census of the semi-permanent population listed 5,178 persons, including 216 ‘whites’ and 2,468 ‘slaves’. (L:115)
1845 – Total population of Belize was given as 9,809. (B)
1848 – Population of Belize cited in a census as 25,000. This seeming jump in population was mostly due to the immigration of refugees from Mexico’s Caste War’s.(L:116)
1850 – Belize City population was estimated at 5,000. (B)
1861 – The total population of Belize grew to 25,635. (B)
1931 – The total population of Belize grew to about 50,000.
1946 – The total population of Belize grew to a little less than 60,000.
1970 – The total population of Belize grew to just under 120,000.
1980 – The total population of Belize grew to more than 145,000.
1991 – The total population of Belize grew to about 200,000.