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St. Lucia has the fastest growing population in the Windward Islands, a report from the World Bank has revealed.
The report, which studied average population growth from 2000 to 2012, showed that the island’s population grew by an average of 1.2 percent per year. It showed that the other islands in the Windward chain experienced slow or limited growth with St. Vincent at 0.1 percent and Grenada at 0.3 percent and Dominica at 0.2 percent.
From a Caribbean perspective, the island with the fastest-growing population is one of the tiniest: the Turks and Caicos Islands, which has seen an average annual growth of 4.5 percent from 2000 to 2012.
The Cayman Islands followed with an average annual growth rate of 2.7 percent for the time period.
Two US territories were the only populations that saw negative growth — Puerto Rico, with -0.3 percent population growth over the period, and the US Virgin Islands, also at -0.3 percent.
Other islands with slow population growth are Cuba at 0.1 percent per year, Barbados at 0.5 percent and Trinidad at 0.4 percent.
See full report on population growth in the Caribbean below.
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