Local government in the Bahamas

The districts of The Bahamas emerged after the country's independence in 1973. Were 21 districts, divided into islands and island groups formed. This division was changed in February 1993, the number of districts remained the same. In 1996 the Local Government Act was passed and thus replaced the old layout. This happened because the national government, although able saw the island of New Providence to manage, but not all the islands of the island nation. It emerged 23 local authority districts ( local government districts) and New Providence, which was administered by the national government. These 23 local government districts were split by the Local Government Act in two types. The local government districts of type 1 can be divided into city districts that are not of type 2. In 1999, eight new districts were created, bringing the total number increased to 32.

The changes in 1999 were as follows: The district Acklins, Crooked Iceland and Long Cay has been divided into the two city districts Acklins and Crooked Iceland. From the Central Abaco District, the district Hopetown was cleaved. From Exuma and Cays Exuma, the two city districts and Black Point Exuma emerged. The city districts Grand Cay was cleaved from North Abaco as well as Moore's Iceland South Abaco. From the North Eleuthera district, the city districts Iceland Harbour and Spanish Wells were separated, as well as Mangrove Cay Andros South. Furthermore, the district Bimini and Cat Cay was renamed in Bimini.




  • Acklins and Crooked Islands
  • Bimini
  • Cat Iceland
  • Exuma
  • Freeport
  • Fresh Creek
  • Governor's Harbour
  • Green Turtle Cay
  • Harbour Iceland
  • High Rock
  • Inagua
  • Kemps Bay
  • Long Iceland
  • Marsh Harbour
  • Mayaguana
  • New Providence
  • Nichollstown and Berry Islands
  • Ragged Iceland
  • Rock Sound
  • Sandy Point
  • San Salvador and Rum Cay


Since 1999