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Demographics of the Bahamas

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Demographics of Bahamas, Data of FAO, year 2005 ; Number of inhabitants in thousands.

Eighty-five percent of the Bahamian population is of African heritage. About two-thirds of the population reside on New Providence Island (the location of Nassau). Many ancestors arrived in the Bahama Islands when they served as a staging area for the slave trade in the early 1800s. Others accompanied thousands of British Loyalists who fled the American colonies during the Revolutionary War.

School attendance is compulsory between the ages of five and 16. The government fully operates 158 of the 210 primary and secondary schools in The Bahamas. The other 52 schools are privately operated. Enrollment for state and private primary and secondary schools amounts to more than 66,000 students. The College of The Bahamas, established in Nassau in 1974, provides programs leading to bachelors and associates degrees. The college is now converting from a 2-year to a 4-year institution. Several non-Bahamian colleges also offer higher education programs in The Bahamas.

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Demographic data from the CIA World Factbook

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.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 27.9% (male 42,142/female 42,096)
15-64 years: 65.9% (male 97,865/female 101,047)
65 years and over: 6.2% (male 7,616/female 11,024) (2005 est.)

Median age

Total: 27.55 years
Male: 26.78 years
Female: 28.34 years (2005 est.)

Population growth rate

0.67% (2005 est.)

Birth rate

17.87 births/1,000 population (2005 est.)

Death rate

8.97 deaths/1,000 population (2005 est.)

Net migration rate

-2.18 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2005 est.)

Sex ratio

At birth: 1.02 male(s)/female
Under 15 years: 1 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.97 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.69 male(s)/female
Total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2005 est.)

Infant mortality rate

Total: 25.21 deaths/1,000 live births
Male: 31.02 deaths/1,000 live births
Female: 19.28 deaths/1,000 live births (2005 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

Total population: 65.54 years
Male: 62.11 years
Female: 69.04 years (2005 est.)

Total fertility rate

2.2 children born/woman (2005 est.)

HIV/AIDS

Adult prevalence rate: 3% (2003 est.)
People living with HIV/AIDS: 5,600 (2003 est.)
Deaths: less than 200 (2003 est.)

Nationality

Noun: Bahamian(s)
Adjective: Bahamian

Ethnic groups

Black 85%, White 12%, Asian and Hispanic 3%

Religions

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

Languages

English (official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants)

Literacy

Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Total population: 95.6%
Male: 94.7%
Female: 96.5% (2003 est.)

References

Template:CIA WFB 2005 and the 2003 U.S. Department of State website.

See also : Bahamas
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