Cayman population: 54,878

Preliminary reports from
the 2010 Census have revealed that nearly 55,000 people were residing in the
Cayman Islands during the time the population
count was taken.

According to census
figures released late Tuesday, some 481 of those people were
“institutionalised”, which means they were in prisons, dorms, retirement
homes and the like.

The non-institutional
population was 54,397, with the majority of those residents – about 51 per cent
– living in the district of George Town.

In the other districts,
the population was split between West
Bay (21 per cent), Bodden Town
(19 per cent), North Side (2.7 per cent), East End (2.5 per cent) and Cayman
Brac and Little Cayman (4.2 per cent).

Women made up just a bit
more of the population than men in the Cayman
Islands. According to the census count, there were 27,498 females
living here in late 2010 and 26,899 men. George Town was the only district with a higher
percentage of men living in it.

Population growth rates
continued to be robust in Cayman. During the last census in 1999, there were
39,020 residents here. Compared to the 2010 number of 54,397
non-institutionalised residents, that represents a 39 per cent increase in the
population in 11 years.

“If the population were
to continue to grow at this rate, it would double its size by the year 2033,”
the census preliminary report read.

Although the majority of
the population on Grand Cayman resides in George
Town, Bodden Town experienced the highest growth since
the last census. Bodden Town’s population increased by 79 per cent in the
11-year period, going from 5,764 in 1999 to 10,341 in 2010. The average annual
population growth rate in the district was 5.3 per cent.

All other districts
experienced a gradual decline in their share of Cayman’s population over the
past 30 years, except for George
Town which increased its share of the country’s
population up until 1999.

“Although George Town’s share [of Cayman’s population] decreased during the 1999-2010 period, it continues to maintain
the biggest share of the population,” the census report read.

The full census is due to
be released in October.

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