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Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation
Motto: A City That Hath Foundations
Location of Kingston shown within Jamaica
Location of Kingston shown within Jamaica
Country Jamaica Jamaica
County Surrey
Parish Kingston
St. Andrew
Established 1693
Area
 • Total 453 km2 (175 sq mi)
Elevation 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 651,880
 • Density 1,439/km2 (3,730/sq mi)
 • Kingston Parish 96,052
 • St. Andrew Parish 555,828
Time zone EST (UTC-5)

The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. It is on the southeastern coast of the island country. It faces a natural harbour protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island. In the Western Hemisphere, Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the United States, with a population of 651,880 (2001 census).

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