RELIGION LIBRARY

Saint Lucia

COUNTRY PROFILE

Map of Saint Lucia

The country has an area of 238 square miles and a population of 160,000. Christianity is the dominant religion. According to the 2001 population and housing census, Roman Catholics account for approximately 67 percent of the population. The second largest group is Seventh-day Adventists, representing almost 9 percent of the population, followed by Pentecostals, with nearly 6 percent. Evangelicals and Anglicans each account for approximately 2 percent of the population, while Baptists and Methodists represent smaller percentages.
The number of non-Christians is very small. There are an estimated 350 Muslims; while some are immigrants from other Caribbean countries, the Middle East, and South Asia, most Muslims are local converts. Other religious groups include Baha'is and Rastafarians; according to the 2001 census, Rastafarians numbered approximately 3,500 members or an estimated 2 percent of the population. Nearly 5 percent of the population claims no religious affiliation.

Population Population (2009 est.) 160,267
Religious Demographics Roman Catholic 67.5%, Seventh Day Adventist 8.5%, Pentacostal 5.7%, Rastafarian 2.1%, Anglican 2%, Evangelical 2%, other Christian 5.1%, other 1.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.5% (2001 census)
Ethnic Groups Ethnic Groups black 82.5%, mixed 11.9%, East Indian 2.4%, other or unspecified 3.1% (2001 census)
Languages Languages English (official), French patois
Country Flag Flag of Saint Lucia