What Are Jamaica's Parishes?

As of 2015, Jamaica's administrative regions are divided into 14 parishes: Clarendon, Kingston, Hanover, Portland, Manchester, Saint Andrew, Saint Catherine, Saint Ann, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Mary, Saint James, Saint Thomas, Westmoreland and Trelawny. Each parish has its own capital city.

Jamaica is located in the Caribbean Sea, just south of Cuba. The island nation, which was a former British Crown colony, gained its independence on August 6, 1962. The country established its capital in Kingston.

For local administrative reasons, the Kingston and Saint Andrew parishes were combined in 1923 into a unified legal entity called the Kingston and Saint Andrew Corporation. Some of the most prominent cities in Jamaica include Montego Bay, Kingston, Lucea, Portmore, Duncans, Albert Town, Montpelier and Mandeville.