East Port of Spain Community Profile
East Port of Spain lies East of the Dry River (St. Ann’s River) and lies within the Capital of Trinidad. East Port of Spain extends from Charlotte Street and Sea Lots in the west to include the communities immediately north and east, of the Lady Young Road, namely Mon Repos, Never Dirty and Caledonia #2; The southern boundary is the landfill and swamp south of the Beetham Highway .
The population in East Port-of-Spain is 8,840 persons. East Port of Spain has a youth population of 30% where youth represent persons between the ages of 12 – 29. Persons who are over 65 years are represented by 10%. East Port of Spain is comprised mainly of Africans at 71%, Mixed – African and Indian 11%, East Indians 2%, Chinese .1%, Caucasians .05% and Indigenous .15%. East Port of Spain mainly has Roman Catholics at 31%, followed by Anglicans 14%, Pentecostal 13%, Baptist 12%. 17% of people within East Port-of-Spain stated that they belong to no religion; it was not stated or other.
47% of the residents of East Port-of-Spain have engaged in secondary school education. In relation to tertiary (technical/vocational) education there is a low number of 5%; Further, only 3% of persons attended tertiary/university education and this may be due to various social and economic issues surrounding the residents.
East Port of Spain is the birthplace of the Steel Pan, Calypso and Carnival. It has produced icons in the fields of culture, education, law, business, sport and the arts. The area is rich in history and cultural traditions and boasts of a number of sites of national significance. East Port-of-Spain is a network of diverse communities in terms of physical size, population, layout and appearance. Conditions in the area today are likely a result of poor physical, social and economic factors. Many communities of East Port of Spain have poverty, crime and violence and their residents do not benefit from the economic growth experienced in the Port of Spain area nor nationally. 41% of persons who live in the area are employed. However, most of them work in stores, are self-employed, holding low range positions in the public service or some sort of manual/skilled or unskilled labour.
East Port of Spain youths participate mainly in sporting activities. Many of CSP East Port of Spain communities engage in sports through various football and basketball facilities within their communities. Also, cultural activities and steel pan are interest of youths in the area of East Port of Spain.
There are many Community Based Organizations and Non-governmental Organizations in East Port of Spain. However, not all are registered in the CSP communities. There are approximately 45 CBOs and NGOs in East Port of Spain.
East Port of Spain has many institutions. There are many pre schools, approximately 27 primary schools and 7 secondary schools. There are also many churches, 1 mosque, 3 police stations and 2 police posts.
1. The CSO Population and Housing Census 2011.
2. Ministry of Education website
3. Encyclopaedia of Nations - http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Americas/Trinidad-and-Tobago.html
4. Port of Spain Market; Namdevco". Namdevco.com. Archived from the original on May 30, 2008.
5. East Port of Spain Development Company Limited
6. Ministry of Community Development