Bahamas Population 2017

396,051

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 2017, the Bahamas has an estimated population of 395,361.

The Bahamas has an estimated population of 395,361, 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 2018Source: 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
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
Governor's Harbour
Masons Bay
Hard Bargain
Black Point

Bahamas Population Clock

What is the population of Bahamas (as of 11/15/2017)?396,051
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)395,361
Births Per Day3
Deaths Per Day1
Net Migrations Per Day 3
Net Change Per Day 5
Population Change Since January 1st1,595

Bahamas Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 14.704 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 6.404 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 2.694 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 75.881 years
Male Life Expectancy 72.802 years
Female Life Expectancy 78.804 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.838 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.867 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.057 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 7.9 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 11.656 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 29.487 years
Rate of Natural Increase 8.143
Death Before 40 Probability (Total) 5.868%
Death Before 40 Probability (Male) 7.286%
Death Before 40 Probability (Female) 4.427%
Death Before 60 Probability (Total) 16.641%
Death Before 60 Probability (Male) 20.614%
Death Before 60 Probability (Female) 12.681%

Bahamas Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2017395,36148.96%51.04%281.10%
2015386,83848.95%51.05%281.40%
2010360,83248.88%51.12%261.85%
2005329,24948.81%51.19%242.02%
2000297,89048.71%51.29%211.24%
1995280,15049.41%50.60%201.79%
1990256,33649.61%50.39%181.78%
1985234,68749.62%50.38%172.18%
1980210,66149.64%50.35%152.21%
1975188,88249.05%50.95%142.21%
1970169,35449.53%50.47%123.87%
1965140,05448.88%51.12%105.04%
1960109,52847.82%52.17%84.33%
195588,61746.62%53.37%62.30%
195079,08546.43%53.58%60.00%

Bahamas Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Growth Rate
2020406,83948.98%51.02%290.00%
2025424,73249.00%51.01%300.86%
2030439,89649.00%51.00%320.70%
2035451,97049.00%51.00%320.54%
2040461,35649.01%50.99%330.41%
2045468,87149.04%50.96%340.32%
2050474,89449.10%50.90%340.26%
2055479,18749.20%50.80%340.18%
2060481,89449.32%50.68%350.11%
2065483,21849.45%50.55%350.05%
2070483,29149.58%50.42%350.00%
2075482,18149.70%50.30%35-0.05%
2080480,07049.82%50.18%34-0.09%
2085477,24549.93%50.07%34-0.12%
2090474,09450.04%49.96%34-0.13%
2095470,89750.13%49.87%34-0.14%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer