🇯🇲 Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica, located on the south-eastern coast of the island. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects the town of Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island. In the Americas, Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the United States.
Kingston encompasses the following communities: Tivoli Gardens, Denham Town, Rae Town, Kingston Gardens, National Heroes Park, Bournemouth Gardens, Norman Gardens, Rennock Lodge, Springfield and Port Royal, along with portions of Rollington Town, Franklyn Town and Allman Town. The city proper is bounded by Six Miles to the west, Stony Hill to the north, Papine to the north-east and Harbour View to the east, which are communities in urban and suburban Saint Andrew. Communities in rural St. Andrew such as Gordon Town, Mavis Bank, Lawrence Tavern, Mt. Airy and Bull Bay would not be described as being in Kingston city. Two districts make up the central area of Kingston: the historic Downtown, and New Kingston. Both are served by Norman Manley International Airport and also by the smaller and primarily domestic Tinson Pen Aerodrome.
Economy Kingston, as the capital, is the financial, cultural, economic and industrial centre of Jamaica. Many financial institutions are based in Kingston, and the city boasts the largest number of hospitals, schools, universities and cultural attractions of any urban area on the island. Notable Kingston landmarks include the University of the West Indies, Jamaica Defence Force Museum, and Bob Marley Museum. A United Nations agency, the International Seabed Authority is headquartered in Kingston.
Kingston is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.
Kingston is rated D+ by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. D+ cities are strong regional hub cities. Kingston was ranked #386 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Kingston has a population of over 669,627 people. Kingston also forms the centre of the wider Kingston metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,041,000 people.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Kingston is twinned with: 🇺🇸 Miami, Florida, United States; 🇺🇸 Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States; 🇺🇸 Topeka, Kansas, United States; 🇬🇮 Gibraltar; 🇬🇧 Coventry, England, United Kingdom; 🇲🇽 Guadalajara, Mexico; 🇨🇳 Shenzhen, People's Republic of China; 🇱🇹 Panevėžys, Lithuania; 🇳🇦 Windhoek, Namibia