Nassau, Bahamas

Ocean Seen Through the Leaves of a Palm Tree in the BahamasAbout Nassau

The Bahama Islands are an archipelago of over 700 islands in the Western Atlantic Ocean. The Bahamas has a population of 305,000. Nassau is the Capital City of the Bahamas and is located on New Providence Island where 70% of the island’s population lives. Nassau is the Bahamas' largest city and has its largest port and is located only 185 miles from Miami.

International Relations

The Bahamas have over 270 years of democratic rule and is one of the most politically stable countries in the world. The main exports from the Bahamas are

  • Cement
  • Crawfish
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Refined petroleum
  • Rum

Tourism generates 50% of the total gross domestic product and directly or indirectly employs half of the total work force.


The word, Bahamas, comes from the Spanish word “baja mar” meaning shallow sea.


Winston-Salem and Nassau, Bahamas, formalized their Sister City partnership on October 23, 2006.