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Kingston, Jamaica

capital of Jamaica

The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. It is on the southeastern coast of the island country. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island. In the Western Hemisphere, Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the United States, with a population of 651,880 (2001 census).[1]

Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation
Motto(s): 
A City That Hath Foundations
Location of Kingston shown within Jamaica
Location of Kingston shown within Jamaica
Coordinates: Coordinates: 17°59′N 76°48′W / 17.983°N 76.800°W / 17.983; -76.800
CountryJamaica Jamaica
CountySurrey
ParishKingston
St. Andrew
Established1693
Government
 • MayorDesmond McKenzie
Area
 • Total453 km2 (175 sq mi)
Elevation
9 m (30 ft)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total651,880
 • Density1,439/km2 (3,730/sq mi)
 • Kingston Parish
96,052
 • St. Andrew Parish
555,828
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)

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