Site of Nik Wallenda’s world record for the highest tightrope crossing by bicycle at a height of 238 feet (72.5 meters), Nassau serves as the capital city for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
Nassau is a busy port city found on New Providence Island. The Bahamas is comprised of over 700 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean and located northeast of Cuba and southeast of Florida.
With an economy based on tourism and financial services, the Bahamas also participates in international trade exporting US$1.5 billion in exports during 2016. Highest-value Bahamian exported products are ships and other seaworthy vessels, plastics (styrene polymers), processed petroleum oil, lobsters and organic compounds according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Nassau, Bahamas: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Queen’s Staircase, Christ Church Cathedral, Fort Fincastle, National Public Library and Museum, Parliament Square, Government House and the Crystal Palace Casino
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Nassau, Bahamas:
- Mychal Thompson, former NBA basketball player (born Jan. 30, 1955)
- Ryan Sweeting, professional tennis player (born Jul. 14, 1987)
- Ramon Miller, Olympic gold relay racer (born Feb. 17, 1987)
- Perry Gladstone Christie, former prime minister (born Aug. 21, 1943)
- Dretti Bain, Olympic sprint medalist (born Dec. 1, 1985)
- Shakara Ledard, model & actress (born Feb. 21, 1980)
- Herbert Hugh Thompson, computer security expert (born May 7, 1976)
- Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Olympic swimmer (born Mar. 4, 1990)
- Patrice Washington, pioneering pilot (born Sep. 11, 1961)
- Steve Larrimore, Olympic boxer (born Feb. 14, 1963)
- Rick Carey, singer (born Dec. 21, 1977)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of the Bahamas: Bahamian
Population: 274,400 (Nassau)
Density: 3,430 people per square mile (1,324 per square kilometer)
Population: 327,316 (Bahamas)
Density: 85 people per square mile (33 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$9.066 billion in 2016 (for Bahamas, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $24,600
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Nassau were unavailable.
Official currency used in Nassau: Bahamian dollar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 18, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Guinness World Records, Highest tightrope crossing by bicycle. Accessed on January 18, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, The Government of the Bahamas. Accessed on January 18, 2017
The World Factbook, Central America and Caribbean: Bahamas, The, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Nassau, Bahamas. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Wikipedia, The Bahamas. Accessed on January 18, 2017
Nassau’s built-up urban land area measures 80 square miles (207 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 274,400 residents in 2016.
The Bahamas’ population count was 327,316 inhabitants as of July 2016 living over a land territory totaling 3,865 square miles (10,010 square kilometers).
Population density is much higher within Bahamas’s capital city Nassau with an average 3,430 inhabitants per square mile (1,324 per square kilometer).
For Bahamas overall, population density drops significantly to an average 85 people per square mile (33 per square kilometer).
Bahamas won its independence from the United Kingdom on July 10, 1973. Each July 10 is celebrated as an Independence Day holiday in the Bahamas.