Census due out this week

The Cayman Islands Economics and Statistics Office plans to release the full data collected during the 2010 Census by the end of this week.

According to office director Maria Zingapan, the full census report is expected to be made public in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday and it will be published on the Economics and Statistics Office website the next day.

A preliminary copy of the 2010 Census, the data for which was collected in October and November 2010, was released in March.

Some results from the preliminary survey results indicated George Town remains the major population centre of the Cayman Islands – with more than 50 per cent of the territory’s residents.

However, Bodden Town was the only Cayman district to increase its share of the county’s population during the past decade, growing by 79 per cent since 1999.

Both West Bay and George Town slightly decreased their shares of the Cayman Islands’ population in that time, as did East End, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. North Side maintained the same percentage of Cayman’s population as it had in 1999.

Overall, Cayman’s population grew by more than 39 per cent since the last census count. The total Cayman Islands population in late 2010 was 54,878, with 481 of those residents considered “institutionalised”; in prison, in retirement homes and the like.

During the last census in 1999, there were 39,020 residents here, compared with 54,397 non-institutionalised residents in late 2010.

“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.

George Town maintained nearly 51 per cent of Cayman’s population – some 27,704 people – a sizable population increase of 34 per cent since the last census when 20,626 people lived in George Town.

In the other districts, the country’s 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).

All Cayman Islands voting districts saw their total populations increase within the past decade with the exception of East End, which the 2010 Census noted lost two residents since the last population count.

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.

Although the majority of the population on Grand Cayman resides in George Town, Bodden Town experienced the highest growth rate since the last census. Bodden Town’s population came close to doubling 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. By contrast, George Town’s annual growth rate was 2.7 per cent; West Bay’s was 2.8 per cent. During the past 30 years, all other voting districts aside from Bodden Town experienced a gradual decline in their share of Cayman’s population, except for George Town, which increased its share of the country’s population up until 1999.

The 2010 Census was the first time George Town’s share of the Cayman’s population dropped.

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

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