Bahamas – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures

Full name:

The Bahamas 


        noun: Bahamian(s)         adjective: Bahamian


Area        total: 13,940 sq km         land: 10,070 sq km         water: 3,870 sq km

Population: 301,790

note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic groups

        black 85%        white 12%

        Asian and Hispanic 3%

Capital: Nassau, population 180,000

Largest Cities

        Freeport – 30,000 

        Matthew Town

Official Language: English


        Baptist 32%        Anglican 20%        Roman Catholic 19%        Methodist 6%        Church of God 6%        other Protestant 12%        none or unknown 3%        other 2%  

Political system: constitutional parliamentary democracy, Part of the British Commonwealth of Nations  

GDP: purchasing power parity – $5.295 billion (2004 est.)

GDP per head: purchasing power parity -$17,700 

Annual growth: 3%

GDP – composition by sector

        agriculture: 3%         industry: 7%         services: 90% (2001 est.)

Inflation: 1.2 %