Countryaah data, Barbados has an average population density of 667
residents per km2, which is one of the highest in
the world. About 31 percent of the population lives in
Substantial emigration and labor migration have resulted
in the country having a low population growth and a
substantial surplus of women.
For information on life expectancy and other demographic
statistics, see Country facts.
English is the official language. The spoken language
bajan is usually regarded as a dialect of English rather
than a Creole language.
After 1655, under British influence, the Anglican church
community became dominant, but in the form of a strong
liberal Protestantism. Several Protestant churches followed.
In recent years, evangelical and charismatic churches from
the United States have gained a growing influence. At the
1971 Barbados Symposium, a Christian protest erupted against
cultural annihilation and genocide of Native American people
in Latin America. About 93% are Protestants, about 4%
Catholics. Ecumenical cooperation is found in the
Caribbean Council of Churches, mostly on social issues.