Covering an area of 13,878 sq. km, The Bahamas (all coral in origin) occupies larger part of Lucayan Archipelago and comprises a group of nearly 700 (atolls) ring-like coral islands, and (cays) small, low islands composed largely of coral or sand. The islands were mostly created by the disintegration of coral reefs and seashells, and low scrub covers much of their surfaces. As observed on the map, the highest point is located on Cat Island, where limestone rock rises to 63m (206ft) above sea level. There are a handful of small freshwater lakes and just one small river located on Andros Island.
The Bahamas (officially, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas) is divided into 31 districts. In alphabetical order, the districts are: Acklins, Berry Islands, Bimini, Black Point (Exuma), Cat Island, Central Abaco, Central Andros, Central Eleuthera, City of Freeport (Grand Bahama), Crooked Island, East Grand Bahama, Exuma, Grand Cay (Abaco), Harbour Island (Eleuthera), Hope Town (Abaco), Inagua, Long Island, Mangrove Cay (Andros), Mayaguana, Moore’s Island (Abaco), North Abaco, North Andros, North Eleuthera, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, South Abaco, South Andros, South Eleuthera, Spanish wells (Eleuthera) and West Grand Bahama.
Covering an area of 13,878 sq. km, The Bahamas occupies larger part of Lucayan Archipelago and comprises a group of 700 ring-like coral islands, islets and cays. Located on the island of New Providence is, Nassau – the capital and the largest city of The Bahamas. Nassau is a primate city, a busy sea port and a major administrative, educational, economic and commercial center of the country. Its spectacular scenery attracts tourists from all over the world.
The Bahamas is an archipelagic country comprising over 700 coral islands, islets and cays situated in the northwest of West Indies in West Atlantic Ocean. The Bahamas is positioned both in the Northern and Western hemispheres of the Earth. It is located to the southeast of the US State of Florida; to the east of Florida Keys; to the northwest of Turks and Caicos Islands; and to the north of Cuba and the Hispaniola Islands shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Bahamas shares its maritime borders with the US, Cuba, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Regional Maps: Map of North America
|Legal Name||Commonwealth of The Bahamas|
|25 05 N, 77 21 W|
|Independence||10 July 1973 (from the UK)|
|Total Area||13,880.00 km2|
|Land Area||10,010.00 km2|
|Water Area||3,870.00 km2|
|Total Border||0.0 km|
|Climate||Tropical marine; moderated by warm waters of gulf stream|
|Coordinates||24 15 N, 76 00 W|
|Mean Elevation||0 m|
|Lowest Elevation||0 m|
|Highest Elevation||64 m|
|Mount Alvernia on Cat Island|
|Ethnic Groups||black 90.6%, white 4.7%, black and white 2.1%, other 1.9%, unspecified 0.7% (2010 est.)|
|Languages||English (official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants)|
|Religions||Protestant 69.9% (includes Baptist 34.9%, Anglican 13.7%, Pentecostal 8.9% Seventh Day Adventist 4.4%, Methodist 3.6%, Church of God 1.9%, Brethren 1.6%, other Protestant .9%), Roman Catholic 12%, other Christian 13% (includes Jehovah's Witness 1.1%), other 0.6%, none 1.9%, unspecified 2.6% (2010 est.)|
|Currency||Bahamian dollars (BSD)|
|GDP Per Capita||$32,933.49|
|Exports||Rock lobster, aragonite, crude salt, polystyrene products|
This page was last updated on November 11, 2020