Bahamas Population 2017

397,534

The Bahamas has an estimated population of 387,500, 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.

Bahamas Population in 2017Source: UpstateNYer

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
Borders
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude24.25-76
Currencies UsedBSD

Bahamas Population Density

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

Bahamas Population Clock

What is the population of Bahamas (as of September 13, 2017)?397,534
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)397164
Births Per Day3
Deaths Per Day1
Net Migrations Per Day 3
Net Change Per Day 5
Population Change Since January 1st1,275

Bahamas Population Indicators

IndicatorValueWorld Ranking
Crude Birth Rate 14.704 births/thousand126
Crude Death Rate 6.404 deaths/thousand136
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.694 people/thousand26
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 75.881 years75
Male Life Expectancy 72.802 years83
Female Life Expectancy 78.804 years74
Total Fertility Rate 1.838 children/woman139
Net Reproduction Rate 0.867 surviving daughters/woman144
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.057 males per female58
Infant Mortality Rate 7.9 deaths/1,000 live births138
Under Five Mortality 11.656 deaths/thousand123
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.487 years86
Rate of Natural Increase 8.143 126
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 5.868 %103
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 7.286 %103
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.427 %117
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 16.641 %110
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 20.614 %109
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 12.681 %118
Crude Suicide Rate 2.3 suicides/thousand150
Median Age (Total) 0 years0
Median Age (Female) 0 years0
Median Age (Male) 0 years0

Bahamas Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2017397,16448.974%51.026%391681.06%176
2015388,01948.956%51.044%381681.2%177
2010360,83048.884%51.116%361661.62%177
2005329,24348.811%51.189%321701.97%177
2000297,89048.708%51.292%291721.75%177
1995280,15149.404%50.596%271701.29%176
1990256,33749.608%50.393%251661.85%177
1985234,68449.617%50.383%231651.88%177
1980210,66049.644%50.356%211632.23%177
1975188,88249.048%50.952%181652.11%176
1970169,35649.535%50.465%161662.63%174
1965140,04948.878%51.122%131674.41%174
1960109,52647.829%52.171%101714.97%175
195588,61946.627%53.373%81753.63%176
195079,08846.42%53.58%71771.13%177

Bahamas Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Density Rank Growth Rate World Rank
2020409,62948.994%51.006%401680.98%176
2025429,17849.017%50.983%421710.83%176
2030445,95549.028%50.972%441690.67%176
2035459,73049.04%50.96%451690.52%176
2040470,91249.06%50.94%471690.43%176
2045480,40949.111%50.889%471720.36%178
2050488,61049.193%50.807%481720.29%179
2055495,09649.307%50.693%491690.22%179
2060499,86649.446%50.554%491710.15%179
2065503,14749.593%50.407%501720.09%178
2070504,96949.727%50.273%501720.04%178
2075505,56149.849%50.151%501690%177
2080505,10649.96%50.04%50170-0.04%177
2085503,77750.068%49.932%50168-0.06%177
2090502,01150.175%49.826%50168-0.08%178
2095499,99050.264%49.736%49169-0.09%177
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects - Global demographic estimates and projections by the United Nations