Bahamas Population 2018

400,517

The Bahamas is made up of over 700 islands, islets and cays in the Atlantic Ocean. "Bahamas" may refer to the country or the largest island chain it shares with the Turks and Caicos Islands. In 2018, the Bahamas has an estimated population of 399,285.

The Bahamas has an estimated population of 399,285, which makes it the 177th most populous country in the world. The last official census took place in 1990, finding a population of 255,000.

The capital and largest city is Nassau, with a population of 255,000. The next-largest city is Freeport, with a population of about 50,000.

Bahamas Demographics

The population of the Bahamas is 85% African, 12% European and 3% Asian and 3% Latin Americans. Baptists account for 35% of the population, followed by Anglican (15%), Roman Catholic (13%) and Pentecostal (8%). The region was originally inhabited by the Lucayan, a branch of Arawakan-speaking Taino, although they were later shipped to Hispaniola for slavery by the Spaniards, who never colonized the Bahamas. For most of the 16th century, the islands were abandoned.

Afro-Bahamians are nationals with primary ancestry in West Africa. Afro-Bahamians represent the largest ethnic group in the country, accounting for 85%, with a Haitian community of around 80,000. There are also 17,000 Whites living in the country.

European Bahamians number 38,000 and are primarily descendants of English Puritans and American Loyalists who came to the islands in the 17th and 18th century. The account for 12% of the population and the largest minority group. The Bahamas is currently growing at a rate of around 1.5%. At this rate, the country will reach 396,000 by 2020.

Components of Population Change

One birth every 96 minutes
One death every 206 minutes
One net migrant every 480 minutes
Net gain of one person every 131 minutes

Bahamas Population in 2018Source: By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Bahamas Population Growth

The Bahamas currently has a fertility rate of 2 children born per woman, which is slightly lower than the replacement rate. The country's population is currently growing at less than 1% a year.

About Bahamas

Official NameCommonwealth of the Bahamas
Languages SpokenEnglish
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude24.25-76
Currencies UsedBahamas Dollar
DemonymBahamian

Countries Bordering Bahamas

None

Bahamas Population Density

Bahamas Top 20 Cities by Population

Name Population
Nassau227,940
Lucaya46,525
Freeport26,910
West End12,724
Cooper's Town8,413
San Andros7,800
George Town7,314
Marsh Harbour5,314
High Rock3,744
Clarence Town1,752
Spanish Wells1,500
Arthur's Town1,175
Alice Town949
Cockburn Town831
Matthew Town452
Colonel Hill240
Abraham's Bay235
Port Nelson91
Duncan Town70
Masons Bay

Bahamas Population Clock

The population of Bahamas (as of 10/20/2018)?400,517
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)399,285
Births Per Day15
Deaths Per Day7
Net Migrations Per Day 3
Net Change Per Day 11
Population Change Since January 1st3,223

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Estimate as of October 20th 2018 is: 400,444

Bahamas Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2018399,28548.97%51.03%28.641770.99%
2017395,36148.96%51.04%28.361771.06%
2016391,23248.96%51.04%28.061771.14%
2015386,83848.95%51.05%27.741771.40%
2010360,83248.88%51.12%25.881781.85%
2005329,24948.81%51.19%23.611772.02%
2000297,89048.71%51.29%21.361771.24%
1995280,15049.41%50.60%20.091761.79%
1990256,33649.61%50.39%18.381771.78%
1985234,68749.62%50.38%16.831772.18%
1980210,66149.64%50.35%15.111772.21%
1975188,88249.05%50.95%13.551762.21%
1970169,35449.53%50.47%12.151743.87%
1965140,05448.88%51.12%10.041745.04%
1960109,52847.82%52.17%7.861754.33%
195588,61746.62%53.37%6.361772.30%
195079,08546.43%53.58%5.671780.00%

Bahamas Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
2020406,83948.98%51.02%29.181770.00%
2025424,73249.00%51.01%30.461780.86%
2030439,89649.00%51.00%31.551780.70%
2035451,97049.00%51.00%32.421760.54%
2040461,35649.01%50.99%33.091760.41%
2045468,87149.04%50.96%33.631770.32%
2050474,89449.10%50.90%34.061780.26%
2055479,18749.20%50.80%34.371790.18%
2060481,89449.32%50.68%34.561790.11%
2065483,21849.45%50.55%34.661790.05%
2070483,29149.58%50.42%34.661800.00%
2075482,18149.70%50.30%34.58180-0.05%
2080480,07049.82%50.18%34.43180-0.09%
2085477,24549.93%50.07%34.23180-0.12%
2090474,09450.04%49.96%34.00180-0.13%
2095470,89750.13%49.87%33.77179-0.14%
Data Sources
  1. Department of Statistics
  2. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 2010 census, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer