Demographics of the Cayman Islands

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This article is about the demographic features of the population of the Cayman Islands, including population density, ethnicity, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Census population and average annual growth rate
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1802 933 —    
1891 4,322 +1.74%
1911 5,564 +1.27%
1921 5,270 −0.54%
1934 5,930 +0.91%
1943 6,690 +1.35%
1960 8,511 +1.43%
1970 10,068 +1.69%
1979 16,677 +5.77%
1989 25,335 +4.27%
1999 39,410 +4.52%
2010 54,397 +2.97%
Source:[1]

Population[edit]

The population of the Cayman Islands reflects its status as a British overseas territory, its history as a former dependency of Jamaica, and its present financial partnerships with the United States and other countries.

With its success in the tourism and financial service industries, the Cayman Islands have attracted many international businesses and citizens to relocate. The largest numbers of expatriates living in the Cayman Islands (as of the government's 1999 Census Report) hail from Jamaica (8,320), the United Kingdom (2,392), the United States (2,040), Canada (1,562), and Honduras (873). Approximately 3,300 more residents are citizens of various other countries. While the government doesn't restrict foreign land ownership, it does strongly enforce its immigration laws. Businesses are required to grant access to job openings to Caymanian citizens first; if none of them are suitable, the business may then seek employees from other countries. In order to work in the Cayman Islands, foreigners must have a job offer before immigrating.

The estimated mid-year population of 2014 is 59,200 (medium fertility scenario of The 2012 Revison of the World Population Prospects).[2]

District populations[edit]

The vast majority of its residents live on the island of Grand Cayman. According to the 2010 census only 2,277 people lived on Cayman Brac or Little Cayman. According to the Cayman Islands 2010 census the estimated resident population is 54,878 people,[3] broken down as follows:

Vital statistics[4][5][edit]

Average population (x 1000) Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000) Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births)
1950 6.4 198 58 140 30.9 9.0 21.8
1951 6.3 213 42 171 34.0 6.7 27.3
1952 6.2 197 46 151 31.5 7.4 24.2
1953 6.3 244 32 212 38.6 5.1 33.5
1954 6.5 237 48 189 36.6 7.4 29.2
1955 6.7 226 52 174 33.9 7.8 26.1
1956 6.9 235 62 173 34.0 9.0 25.0
1957 7.2 248 60 188 34.6 8.4 26.2
1958 7.4 207 66 141 27.9 8.9 19.0
1959 7.7 272 50 222 35.5 6.5 29.0
1960 7.9 264 54 210 33.6 6.9 26.7
1961 8.0 277 68 209 34.5 8.5 26.0
1962 8.1 290 51 239 35.6 6.3 29.4
1963 8.2 303 61 242 36.8 7.4 29.4
1964 8.3 270 73 197 32.5 8.8 23.7
1965 8.4 241 63 178 28.8 7.5 21.3
1966 8.4 267 67 200 31.6 7.9 23.7
1967 8.5 269 60 209 31.6 7.0 24.5
1968 8.6 282 54 228 32.7 6.3 26.4
1969 8.8 272 46 226 30.8 5.2 25.6
1970 9.1 313 71 242 34.2 7.8 26.5
1971 9.6 287 65 222 29.9 6.8 23.2
1972 10.1 351 68 283 34.6 6.7 27.9
1973 10.8 319 83 236 29.6 7.7 21.9
1974 11.5 281 84 197 24.4 7.3 17.1
1975 12.2 327 77 250 26.7 6.3 20.4
1976 13.3 282 81 201 21.7 6.2 15.4
1977 13.8 270 84 186 19.5 6.1 13.4
1978 14.7 273 78 195 18.6 5.3 13.3
1979 15.4 289 98 191 18.7 6.3 12.4
1980 16.2 326 105 221 20.2 6.5 13.7
1981 16.8 347 106 241 20.7 6.3 14.3
1982 17.4 339 107 232 19.5 6.2 13.4
1983 17.9 387 105 282 21.6 5.9 15.7
1984 18.5 414 114 300 22.3 6.1 16.2
1985 19.3 367 126 241 19.0 6.5 12.5
1986 20.3 360 141 219 17.8 7.0 10.8
1987 21.3 359 118 241 16.8 5.5 11.3
1988 22.5 380 124 256 16.9 5.5 11.4
1989 23.8 438 122 316 18.4 5.1 13.3
1990 25.0 490 120 370 19.6 4.8 14.8
1991 26.2 500 127 373 19.1 4.8 14.2
1992 27.4 520 128 392 19.0 4.7 14.3
1993 28.7 528 133 395 18.4 4.6 13.8
1994 30.1 531 149 382 17.7 5.0 12.7
1995 31.7 485 110 375 15.3 3.5 11.8
1996 33.5 560 125 435 16.7 3.7 13.0
1997 35.6 572 123 449 16.1 3.5 12.6
1998 37.7 545 117 428 14.4 3.1 11.3
1999 39.8 604 128 476 15.2 3.2 12.0
2000 41.7 619 137 482 14.8 3.3 11.6
2001 43.3 622 132 490 14.4 3.0 11.3
2002 44.7 583 120 463 13.0 2.7 10.3 13.7
2003 46.0 623 153 470 13.5 3.3 10.2 4.8
2004 47.3 611 165 446 12.9 3.5 9.4 6.4
2005 48.6 699 170 529 14.4 3.5 10.9 7.0
2006 50.0 710 182 528 14.2 3.6 10.6 8.7
2007 51.5 744 160 584 14.5 3.1 11.3 8.3
2008 52.9 793 166 627 15.0 3.1 11.8 2.5
2009 54.3 824 177 647 15.2 3.3 11.9 3.7
2010 55.5 821 164 657 14.8 3.0 11.8 2.5
2011 56.6 800 176 624 14.1 3.1 11.0 5.1
2012 57.6 759 172 587 13.2 3.0 10.2

Ethnic groups[edit]

Although many Caribbean islands were initially populated by Amerindian groups such as the Taíno and Caribs, no evidence of this has been found in the Cayman Islands. Therefore, native Caymanians do not have any Amerindian heritage from their own islands; however, a significant number of Jamaicans have settled in the Cayman Islands over the years, so they and their descendants may have some Amerindian blood via Jamaica. Slavery was less common on the Cayman Islands than in many other parts of the Caribbean, resulting in a more even division of African and European ancestry. Those of mixed race make up 40% of the population, with blacks and whites following at 20% each. The remaining 20% belong to various immigrant ethnic groups.

Language[edit]

The official language of the Cayman Islands is English. Islanders' accents retain elements passed down from English, Scottish, and Welsh settlers (among others) in a language variety known as Cayman Creole. Caymanians of Jamaican origin speak in their own vernacular (see Jamaican Creole and Jamaican English). It is also quite commonplace to hear some residents converse in Spanish as many citizens have relocated from Latin America to work and live on Grand Cayman. The Latin American nations with greatest representation are Honduras, Cuba, Colombia, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Spanish speakers comprise approximately between 10-12% of the population and is predominantly of Central American dialect. Filipino or Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, is spoken by about 5% of inhabitants most of whom are residents on work permits.

Religion[edit]

The predominant religion on the Cayman Islands is Christianity. Denominations practiced include United Church, Church of God, Anglican Church, Baptist Church, Roman Catholic Church, Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Pentecostal Church. Many citizens are deeply religious, regularly going to church. Ports are closed on Sundays and Christian holidays. There are also places of worship in George Town for Jehovah's Witnesses, and followers of Bahá'í Faith. The Cayman Islands also hosts a small Jewish community.[6][7]

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