ISO 3166-2 Newsletter II-3 is dated 2011-12-15. For the Bahamas, the updates in this newsletter are almost the same as the ones
that appeared in Newsletter II-2. The difference is that now Green Turtle Cay (former code
GT) has been removed.
Update 3 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes, the successor to FIPS PUB 10-4, was issued on 2011-02-28. It has codes for most of the current districts.
Newsletter II-2, an update to the ISO 3166-2 standard, is dated 2010-06-30. It assigns ISO codes to the current districts, as
shown in the main table below. For some reason, ISO removed New Providence (former code
NP) from the list of
Sorin Cosoveanu provided evidence that Green Turtle Cay is a separate district. It used to be part of North Abaco. It appears on a list of districts for the 2008 election, and in a table of district administrators for 2010 (source ), but it's depicted as part of North Abaco on a map dated 2009 (source ).
Background information: the Bahamas consist of twenty-some inhabited islands, 700 smaller islands, and over a thousand cays. Sources disagree on the exact numbers. The nature of the islands makes them hard to count. On a good map, Bimini resolves itself into at least two inhabited islands named North Bimini and South Bimini. Andros Island is crisscrossed with waterways and wetlands, dividing it into sub-islands. How many? That depends on how wet you have to get your feet before you've crossed from one island to the next. On my map, Mangrove Cay, Yellow Cay, Red Shank Cay, Big Wood Cay, and others all appear to be part of Andros Island. Paradise Island is generally considered part of New Providence, to which it's connected by a causeway.
The Local Government Act, 1996 created 23 districts in the Family Islands. New Providence was not part of the district structure. A government document explains, "This historic development of Local Government has radically changed the system of government put in place for the Family Islands 90 years ago.... Local Government is an acknowledgement by the present government that a central government distant from many communities particularly in the Family Islands, cannot adequately respond to the daily needs of Family Island communities in a timely fashion.... Because of the geographical separation of the island from New Providence, the capital, it was felt that the Family Island situation was more urgent.... Local government for New Providence was therefore not considered at that time." In short, the national government is still able to govern New Providence, but the remainder of the country needs local government. To deal with this situation, I have treated New Providence as if it were also a district.
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The Bahama Islands were a British possession until 1973-07-10, when they gained independence.
Spanish baja mar: low sea
The Bahamas are divided into 33 districts. The Local Government Act, 1996, classifies districts as "Second Schedule Districts", which are subdivided into Town Areas, and "Third Schedule Districts", which are not. New Providence is neither.
|Acklins||3||Mason Bay||Acklins Crooked Island / Long Cay|
|Berry Islands||3||Nicholls Town||Bimini / Berry Islands|
|Bimini||3||Alice Town||Bimini / Berry Islands|
|Black Point||3||Black Point||Exuma / Ragged Island|
|Cat Island||2||The Bight||Cat Island|
|Central Abaco||2||Marsh Harbour||Abaco|
|Central Andros||2||Fresh Creek||Andros|
|Central Eleuthera||2||Governor's Harbour||Eleuthera|
|City of Freeport||3||Freeport||Grand Bahama|
|Crooked Island||3||Moss Town||Acklins Crooked Island / Long Cay|
|East Grand Bahama||2||High Rock||Grand Bahama|
|Exuma||2||George Town||Exuma / Ragged Island|
|Grand Cay||3||Cooper's Town||Abaco|
|Green Turtle Cay||3||Cooper's Town||Abaco|
|Harbour Island||3||Harbour Island||Eleuthera|
|Hope Town||3||Marsh Harbour||Abaco|
|Long Island||2||Clarence Town||Long Island|
|Mangrove Cay||3||Kemp's Bay||Andros|
|Moore's Island||3||Sandy Point||Abaco|
|New Providence||Nassau||New Providence|
|North Abaco||2||Cooper's Town||Abaco|
|North Andros||2||Nicholls Town||Andros|
|North Eleuthera||3||Upper Bogue||Eleuthera|
|Ragged Island||3||George Town||Exuma / Ragged Island|
|Rum Cay||3||Rum Cay||San Salvador|
|San Salvador||3||Cockburn Town||San Salvador|
|South Abaco||2||Sandy Point||Abaco|
|South Andros||2||Kemp's Bay||Andros|
|South Eleuthera||2||Rock Sound||Eleuthera|
|Spanish Wells||3||Lower Bogue||Eleuthera|
|West Grand Bahama||2||Eight Mile Rock||Grand Bahama|
The Bahamas are separated from Cuba by the Nicholas Channel and Old Bahama Channel. Cay Sal Bank, Guinchos Cay, Cay Lobos, Cay Santo Domingo, and Great Inagua Island are among the closest points to Cuba in the Bahamas. They are separated from the United States by the Straits of Florida. Cay Sal Bank, Ocean Cay, Bimini Islands, and Grand Bahama Island are among the closest to the United States. The Caicos Passage separates the Bahamas from the Turks and Caicos Islands on the east. Mayaguana and Little Inagua Islands are among the easternmost of the Bahamas.
The Out Islands, or Family Islands (a synonymous phrase that the tourist industry finds more appealing), are all the Bahamas except New Providence and Grand Bahama. Originally, New Providence was the only exception, and all the rest of the country was Out Islands; more recently, Grand Bahama has grown in importance, and is usually not considered an Out Island.
Abaco includes Moore's Island (Mores Island).
Bimini includes Cay Sal Bank.
The UN LOCODE page for Bahamas lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.
Eleuthera: Greek for place of freedom; named by Puritans from Bermuda
1973-07-10: At independence, the Bahamas was divided into 21 electoral districts which corresponded to islands or island groups. These districts are also cited in a census report dated 1963-11-15, as "island of residence".
|Acklins Island||1,273||428||389||150||Masons Bay|
|Berry Islands||327||634||31||12||Bullocks Harbor|
|Cat Island||3,201||1,678||388||150||Arthur's Town|
|Cay Lobos||5||25||18||7||Cay Lobos|
|Crooked Island||836||423||238||92||Colonel Hill|
|Harbour Island||840||(a)||4||2||Dunmore Town|
|Long Cay||80||(b)||23||9||Albert Town|
|Long Island||3,755||3,107||448||173||Clarence Town|
|Ragged Island||320||89||23||9||Duncan Town|
|Rum Cay||133||(c)||78||30||Port Nelson|
|San Salvador||694||539||163||63||Cockburn Town|
|Spanish Wells||686||(a)||1||0||Spanish Wells|
In February, 1993, a new release of FIPS PUB 10-3 showed changes to many of the districts of the Bahamas. When ISO DIS 3166-2 was released in 1996, it used the same districts. Areas and populations are not available for these districts. This table shows how they probably relate to the old ones.
|District||ISO||FIPS||Before change, was:|
|Acklins and Crooked Islands||BF02, BF08, and BF14|
|Freeport||Part of BF11|
|Fresh Creek||Part of BF03|
|Governor's Harbour||Part of BF09|
|Green Turtle Cay||Part of BF01|
|Harbour Island||BF12, BF21, and possibly part of BF09|
|High Rock||Part of BF11|
|Kemps Bay||BF07 and part of BF03|
|Marsh Harbour||Part of BF01|
|New Providence||Part of BF17|
|Nichollstown and Berry Islands||BF04 and part of BF03|
|Rock Sound||Part of BF09|
|Sandy Point||Part of BF01|
|San Salvador and Rum Cay||BF19 and BF20|
The 1990 and 2000 censuses are reported by "Island" (or island group), and then by "Supervisory District". There are 19 islands and 51 supervisory districts. There is not necessarily a direct correspondence between these entities and the local government districts.
|Berry Islands||798||709||628||31||Berry Islands||709|
|Cat Island||1,503||1,647||1,698||388||Cat Island||1,647|
|Crooked Island||323||350||412||241||Crooked Island||350|
|Exuma and Cays||7,314||3,571||3,556||290||Exuma and Cays||3,571|
|Grand Bahama||51,756||46,994||40,898||1,373||Eight Mile Rock||8,345|
|Harbour Island||1,702||1,639||1,219||34||Harbour Island||1,639|
|Long Island||3,024||2,992||2,949||596||Long Island||2,992|
|Ragged Island||70||72||89||36||Ragged Island||72|
|Rum Cay||99||80||53||*||Rum Cay||80|
|San Salvador||930||970||465||241||San Salvador||970|
|Spanish Wells||1,537||1,527||1,372||*||Spanish Wells||1,527|
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