Counties In Jamaica

Jamaica has three counties Surrey, Middlesex and Cornwall. These were established in 1758 to facilitate the British county court system.

Surrey was named after the English county in which Kingston upon Thames is found. Kingston was its county town.

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. Spanish Town was its county town.

Cornwall, the westernmost, was named after the westernmost county of England. Savanna-la-Mar was its county town.

The island is also divided into 14 parishes, which are grouped into these three counties:

 

List of Counties

 

Cornwall Country

  • 1.  Hanover  (Area: 450 km2) – Capital town: Lucea.
  • 2.  Saint Elizabeth (Area: 1,212 km2) – Capital town: Black River.
  • 3.  Saint James (Area: 595 km2) – Capital town: Montego Bay.
  • 4.  Trelawny (Area: 875 km2) – Capital town: Falmouth.
  • 5.  Westmoreland (Area: 807 km2) – Capital town: Savanna-la-Mar.

Middlesex County

  • 6.  Clarendon  (Area: 1,192 km2) – Capital town: May Pen.
  • 7.  Manchester  (Area: 830 km2) – Capital town: Mandeville.
  • 8.  Saint Ann  (Area: 1,213 km2) – Capital town: St Ann’s Bay.
  • 9.  Saint Catherine  (Area: 1,192 km2) – Capital town: Spanish Town.
  • 10.  Saint Mary  (Area: 611 km2) – Capital town: Port Maria.

Surrey County

  • 11.  Kingston  (Area: 25 km2) – Capital town: Kingston.
  • 12.  Portland  (Area: 814 km2) – Capital town: Port Antonio.
  • 13.  Saint Andrew  (Area: 453 km2) – Capital town: Half Way Tree.
  • 14.  Saint Thomas  (Area: 743 km2) – Capital town: Morant Bay.