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Notable Bahamian Americans

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Bahamian Americans are Americans of Bahamian ancestry. There are an estimated 68,000 people of Bahamian ancestry living in the United States as of 2015. Bahamian Americans have been growing at a rate of 58% every decade since 1990.

Bahamians began visiting the Florida Keys in the 18th century to salvage wrecked ships, fish, catch turtles, and log tropical hardwood trees. A Bahamian settlement in the Keys was reported in 1790, but the presence of Bahamians in the keys was temporary. Early in the 19th century some 30 to 40 Bahamian ships were working in the keys every year. After 1825, Bahamian wreckers began moving to Key West in large numbers. Today, the largest Bahamian American populations are in Miami, Atlanta, and New York. Bahamians built and still reside in the oldest inhabited neighborhoods in Miami, like Coconut Grove, Lemon City, and Cutler.

As of 2010, Bahamian Americans were the most educated West Indian Americans. 39.1% of the Bahamian American population of 25 years and over held college degrees. 9.9% held associate degrees, 17.5% held bachelor's degrees, and 11.7% held graduate or professional degrees. 29.2% held bachelor's degrees or higher.