Population of Mandeville, Jamaica
Population and Development
Mandeville is a favourite amongst returning residents because of its low
crime rate and the salubrious climate. The population of the town is
estimated at 50,000 while that of Greater Mandeville is over a 100,000.
Mandeville boasts the first golf course in the Caribbean, the oldest
horticultural society in the entire Western Hemisphere, the first 'free' library
in Jamaica, and it is the birthplace of a type of citrus called the "Ortanique".
Commercial activities are on a high and the town is the economic center of
Central Jamaica. Mandeville has for a long been petitioning for the right to
become a city. This would be fitting as it could become Jamaica's third city
and it's only mountain metropolis. Mandeville, Jamaica has developed into a
town far bigger than anyone could envision. There is a dire need for
adequate housing to meet the growing demands of the population.
If you had visited this quaint mountain town sometime ago, you would be
surprised at the rate it has grown. Recognized as one of the fastest growing
town in Jamaica, Mandeville has expanded rather rapidly over the years. But
one thing has not changed though – its ambiance. The one thing that stays
constant is the laidback, quiet and peaceful environment and the salubrious
For several years now there has been several businesses setting up shop in
town. Bashco – one of Jamaica's leading retailers is located on Manchester Rd
and Megamart has started construction on their fourth store which be on
Perth Road. Just down the road is the Juici Beef Plaza, situated where the
Odeon theater once stood. Across the road is another of the new players -
Tastee Patties, bringing to Mandeville their unique style of culinary taste.
Also in town are several banks such as DB & G, Barita and a few others which
serve as an indicator of Mandeville's financial growth.
On Caledonia Rd., the Elethe Mall has currently been opened partially opened
to customers after years of stop and go construction. This mall is unique,
because it is the only one in Mandeville that has an elevator. A half hour
drive around town would leave you amazed to find such development in a
place many refer to as “country”. There are also plans for a new cinema for
which construction is underway.
The bus park once located in the heart of town has been relocated to
“downtown”, about three minutes away. This was necessary in order to
elevate the problems associated with traffic. But this has had its downside,
with many of the bus drivers parking along Main Street hustling and
competing for passengers.
Mandeville is still famous for its beautiful homes which are here aplenty.
Just go for a drive through its many neighborhoods and suburbs and you will
be quite startled at what you see. Mansions are here in the dozens, which
leaves an aura of affluence on the visitor. Mandeville is still the choice of
returning residents because of its central location to the other cities,
relatively low crime rate and its salubrious climate.
Mandeville is still unrivaled among all the towns in Jamaica because of its
uniqueness. It is not possible to convey it fully in words, one has to feel and
see it to believe it.