Port of Spain Proper Community Profile

Location

Port-of-Spain Proper boarders North of Beetham Highway and continues North towards  Piccadilly Street, Observatory Street, Hughes Place and Jerningham Avenue. West towards Oxford Street down South to South Quay.

Population

The population in Port-of-Spain proper is 2,518 persons. The community areas targeted for the CSP programme in Port-of-Spain proper are Piccadilly Street, Duncan Street, Nelson Street, George Street, Chafford Court, Harpe Place and Observatory Streets.  Port of Spain proper has a youth population of 28.5% where youth represent persons between the ages of 12 – 29.  14% are persons who are over 65 years.  Port of Spain proper is comprised mainly of Africans at 51.2%, Mixed – African and Indian 10.5%, East Indians 6.2%, Chinese 1.3%, Caucasians 0.7% and Indigenous 0.1%. Port of Spain proper mainly has Roman Catholics at 39%, followed by Pentecostal 10%, Anglicans 9%, Baptist 8%. 23% of people within Port-of-Spain proper stated that they belong to no religion; it was not stated or other.

Education

46% of the residents of Port-of-Spain Proper have engaged in secondary school education.  In relation to tertiary (technical/vocational) education there is a low number of 4%. In addition, only 6% of persons attended tertiary/university education and this may be due to economic and social inequality.

Economy

Port of Spain is a major economic generator and is a shopping and business centre for much of the country. Most government offices are also located in the city. The Port of Port of Spain is the country's major port for containerized shipping. Port of Spain also has a large agricultural market, known as the "central market" where food produced is traded. It is also where the Central Bank is situated. Port of Spain proper communities range from luxurious waterfront apartments and buildings to board houses and shops that lack indoor plumbing and motor vehicular access. However, many communities within Port of Spain proper that CSP is partnering  with have poor housing conditions, crime and high rates of unemployment. Only 37% of persons who live in the area are employed.  However, most person’s salary do not cross $6,000 per month.

 

Youth Activities

Port of Spain in general holds major sporting venues.  However, within the Port of Spain Proper CSP communities many youths are engaged in sports, culture and steel pan utilizing facilities in their areas or the road if there is none.

CBO/NGO’s

There are approximately 24 CBOs and NGOs in the area of Port of Spain Proper.

Institutions

Port of Spain proper also has some communities which fall within East Port of Spain and there are many institutions. There are many pre schools, 10 primary schools and 3 secondary schools.  There are also many churches, 1 mosque, 2 police stations and 3 police post, and there are also various financial institutions such as central bank, unit trust, banks and credit unions.

 

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.                   Ministry of Community Development.