Middlesex County, Jamaica

Middlesex is the central of the three historic counties into which Jamaica is divided. It has no current-day administrative significance. It covers 5,041.9 km² and has a population of 1,183,361[1] (about 45% of the island's area and population) giving it the largest area and population of the three counties. It includes Spanish Town, the island's original capital.

Middlesex County

Miglsex Kounti
CountryJamaica
CapitalSpanish Town
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History

Jamaica's three counties were established in 1758 to facilitate the holding of courts along the lines of the British County court system.[2] Middlesex, the middle of the three, was named after an English county of the same name. It was chosen in Jamaica presumably because of its central position.[2] Spanish Town was its county town.[2]

Parishes

Middlesex County
On
map
Parish Area
km²
Population
Census 2011
Capital
6Clarendon 1,196.3 237,024 May Pen
7Manchester 830.1 185,801 Mandeville
8Saint Ann 1,212.6 166,762 Saint Ann's Bay
9Saint Catherine 1,192.4 482,308 Spanish Town
10Saint Mary 610.5 111,466 Port Maria
 Middlesex County 5,041.9 1,183,361
 Jamaica total 10,990.5 2,607,631 Kingston

References

  1. 2001 census
  2. Higman, B. W.; Hudson, B. J. (2009). Jamaican Place Names. Mona, Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press. p. 31. ISBN 978-976-640-306-5.

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