Parishes of Antigua and Barbuda

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FIPS PUB 10-4 Change Notice 13 was issued on 2008-02-04. A code has been created for Redonda, formerly unnoted by the standard. It has been added to the table.

ISO/DIS 3166-2 (draft international standard), in 1996, was the earliest version of 3166-2. For Antigua, it showed seven parishes with their codes. The official standard was published on 1998-12-15. It mentions that there are seven parishes, but declines to specify names or codes. It says that these divisions are "not relevant". It was updated by Newsletter I-8, published on 2007-04-17, containing new ISO parish codes for Antigua and Barbuda, as shown in the table below. This version used the name "Saint John's" instead of "Saint John". The next update, in Newsletter II-2 (dated 2010-06-30), assigned an ISO code to Redonda. On 2014-10-29, ISO corrected the spelling of Saint John.

Country overview: 

ISO codeAG
LanguageEnglish (en)
Time zone-4
CapitalSaint John's


At the beginning of the 20th century, Antigua was one of five presidencies of the Leeward Islands, a British colony. On 1956-06-30, each presidency became a separate colony. On 1981-11-01, Antigua was granted full independence, and renamed Antigua and Barbuda.

Other names of country: 

  1. Danish: Antigua og Barbuda
  2. Dutch: Antigua en Barbuda
  3. Finnish: Antigua ja Barbuda
  4. French: Antigua et Barbuda f
  5. German: Antigua und Barbuda n
  6. Icelandic: Antigúa og Barbúda
  7. Italian: Antigua e Barbuda
  8. Norwegian: Antigua og Barbuda
  9. Portuguese: Antígua f e Barbuda f (n in Portugal)
  10. Russian: Антигуа и Барбуда
  11. Spanish: Antigua y Barbuda
  12. Swedish: Antigua och Barbuda
  13. Turkish: Antigua ve Barbuda

Origin of name: 

Antigua was named by Columbus after Santa Maria la Antigua, a chapel in Seville (Spanish antigua: ancient).

Primary subdivisions: 

Antigua and Barbuda is divided into six parishes and two dependencies.

Saint GeorgeAG.GE03AC037,496249Parham
Saint JohnAG.JO04AC0449,2257429Saint John's
Saint MaryAG.MA05AC057,0675923Bolands
Saint PaulAG.PA06AC067,9794819Nelson's Dockyard
Saint PeterAG.PE07AC075,2693313Parham
Saint PhilipAG.PH08AC083,1254417Carlisle
8 divisions81,799442171
  • Parish: Barbuda and Redonda are dependencies.
  • HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes.
  • ISO: Parish codes from ISO/DIS 3166-2. For full identification in a global
    context, prefix "AG-" to the code (ex: AG-04 represents Saint John).
  • FIPS: Codes from FIPS PUB 10-4, a U.S. government standard.
  • Population: 2011-05-28 census, preliminary results (source [5]).

Territorial extent: 

Antigua Island, and several closely adjacent islands such as Guana Island and Long Island, are partitioned by the six parishes. Barbuda Island, with its adjacent islets, forms the dependency of Barbuda. Redonda Island forms another dependency. Redonda is actually nearer to Montserrat than to Antigua.

The UN LOCODE page  for Antigua and Barbuda lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.

Origins of names: 

  1. Barbuda: thought to be named, like Barbados, for wild fig trees whose aerial roots give them a bearded appearance.
  2. Redonda: Island was named Nuestra Señora de la Redonda by Columbus (Spanish redonda: round).

Change history: 

  1. 1872: According to source [3], Redonda became part of Saint John's parish.
  2. 1967-02: Redonda became a dependency of Antigua and Barbuda.

Other names of subdivisions: 

Some sources show the saints' names in the possessive, e.g. Saint George's parish. All international sources agree that Saint Philip has one 'l', but some Antigua government documents use two 'l's.

Population history:

Saint George2,6483,6444,4954,4736,6737,496
Saint John21,58228,95335,66935,63545,34649,225
Saint Mary5,6036,7986,8365,3036,7937,067
Saint Paul5,4466,4477,1036,1177,8487,979
Saint Peter2,3953,1924,4793,6225,4395,269
Saint Philip3,1044,1275,1412,9643,4623,125


Notes: 1960 data are de facto population. 1970 data are calculated from sampling. 1991 data are generated resident population.


  1. [1] "2001 Population and Housing Census : Summary Report, Volume I". Statistics Division of the Ministry of Finance and the Economy. Contains 2001 census data. Retrieved 2010-07-03.
  2. [2] "Antigua and Barbuda : a Legacy of Environmental Degradation, Policy Failure, and Coastal Decline", by Klaus de Albuquerque and Jerome L. McElroy. Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Training Project (EPAT). Includes population figures from the 1960, 1970, and 1991 censuses (retrieved 2005-07-01).
  3. [3] Museum of Antigua and Barbuda's history  page (retrieved 2005-07-01).
  4. [4] Demographic Yearbook , 7th Ed. Statistical Office of the United Nations, New York, 1955 (retrieved 2011-08-20). This source gives separate populations for Saint John city and Saint John parish.
  5. [5] Census 2011 Preliminary Data Release , Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Public Administration, Statistics Division. P. 6.: Enumerated resident population. (Revised 2012-02-02; retrieved 2012-10-13). This also splits Saint John city from Saint John rural.
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