Bahamas Population, People, Languages and Religions

By | January 21, 2022

Bahamas Country Overview

Where is Bahamas located? The Bahamas are an island country that is part of Central America. On the time zone map, the countries along the degrees of longitude are assigned to different world time zones. The classification provides information about how big the time difference between the respective country and the world time (also called UTC) is. The time zone to which the Bahamas belong is called “Eastern Standard Time”. The local time there is always 5 hours behind the world clock (UTC -5). In the summer months, the time is changed to “Eastern Daylight Time”. The clocks are put forward one hour so that the difference to world time is only 4 hours.

Bahamas National Flag

Population Distribution

As of 2023, the latest population of Bahamas is 337,721, based on our calculation of the current data from UN (United Nations).

Total population 337,721
Population growth rate 0.75%
Birth rate 15.30 births per 1,000 people
Life expectancy
Overall life expectancy 71.69 years
Men life expectancy 69.25 years
Women life expectancy 74.19 years
Age structure
0-14 years 22.39%
15-64 years 69.56%
65 years and above 8.05%
Median age 31.50 years
Gender ratio (Male to Female) 0.96
Population density 24.33 residents per kmĀ²
Urbanization 89.50%
Ethnicities
approx. 85% African descent
Religions
Baptists 32%, Anglicans 20%, Catholics (Roman Catholic) 19%, Methodists 6%, Church of God 6%, other Protestants 12%, members of other religious communities 2% no religion or unknown 3%,
Human Development Index (HDI) 0.805
HDI ranking 60th out of 194

People in Bahamas

The Bahamas has 385,000 residents. Around 260,000 of them live in the capital Nassau and 26,000 in the second largest city, Freeport. Most people, 85 percent, are of African descent. The first blacks to arrive here were freed slaves from Bermuda.

About twelve percent are whites of European origin. These are mainly descendants of the English Puritans who came to the island of Eleuthera in 1649, as well as the North American settlers who sided with Great Britain in the American War of Independence and who were looking for a new home in 1783.

Three percent are Asians or from Latin America. There are also immigrants from Haiti who are fleeing the poor economic situation of their homeland and are looking for a new home in the Bahamas.

Languages in Bahamas

English is spoken in the Bahamas. The islands were a British colony for more than 250 years. English is the official language, but many residents speak a Creole language, Bahamian Creole. The basis is English, but the pronunciation is influenced by African heritage and there are also words that differ from English. It is typical, for example, that the English th, which you have to learn in school, is not pronounced: The word this is pronounced dis. The sentence Is that your book? becomes Das ya book?

Religions in Bahamas

About 80 percent of the Bahamas’ residents are Christians, 67 percent of them Protestants and 13 percent Catholics. Among the Protestants, the Baptists are the largest group, followed by Anglicans.