St. Lucia - Facts and Statistics

St. Lucia - Facts and Statistics

Saint Lucia, which became an independent country/state on February 22, 1979.

Population Centers

The capital city (Castries) is located in the northern section of the island and represents approximately 40% of the population.

Other major population centers include Vieux-Fort and Gros-Islet. 

Weather and Climate

St Lucia has a hot, tropical climate throughout the year, balanced by the northeast trade winds.  The average annual temperature is estimated between 77°F (25°C) and 80°F (27°C).

Health Care

Health care provided throughout the country.  There are thirty-three (33) Health Centers, three (3) public hospitals, one (1) private hospital, and one (1) psychiatric hospital.

Education

The academic year begins from September and ends in July.  The year is divided into three terms (September to December; January to April and April to July).  Admittance to the island school require the provision of the student’s transcripts and attendance letters from their previous schools.

Sports

The most popular played sports on island are cricket, football (soccer) tennis, volleyball, and swimming.  Our most renowned athletes are Daren Garvin Sammy, Captain of the West Indies Twenty20 Team; Lavern Spencer, high jump and Dominic Johnson, pole vault.

Unique Features

The Pitons are two volcanic mountains our very own World Heritage Site in St. Lucia, linked by a ridge called Piton Mitan. The two Piton Mountains are perhaps the most photographed feature on the island. The larger of these two mountains is called the Gros Piton and the other is called Petit Piton.

The famous Sulphur Springs is the hottest and most active geothermal area in the Lesser Antilles. The park is approximately 45 hectares and is billed as the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano. There are man-made hot pools where locals and visitors alike frequent for the healing properties of the mineral-rich water.

Saint Lucia has the distinction of having the highest number of Nobel Laureates per capita in the world.  Derek Walcott won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992 and Sir Arthur Lewis won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979.   The two winners share the same birthday of January 23, only 15 years apart.

St. Lucia - Facts and Statistics

Other statistics 

  • Population:  Approximately 183, 657
  • Area: 238 sq miles/616.4 sq km
  • Official Language: English
  • Local Language: French Creole
  • GDP Per Capita: 6,847.6 (2014)
  • Adult Literacy: 72.8% (2010 Census)
  • Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
  • Exchange Rate: US $1 = EC $2.70
  • Time Zone: EST +1, GMT -4