Different churches favoured by locals and expats
No one church dominates the Cayman Islands’ religious community, according to figures compiled during the 2010 census.
However, the vast majority of those surveyed said they do attend church or practice religious worship in Cayman with fewer than 10 per cent of the nearly 54,000 people who participated saying they do not attend any church or practice worship.
For the entire country’s population, the most popular church/religion appeared to by the Church of God, with more than 12,000 people stating they attended services there.
The Church of God was followed in popularity by Roman Catholicism (7,564), Seventh-day Adventist (5,054), no stated religion (5,005), and Presbyterian (4,641) rounding out the top five. Other stated religions/churches included Baptists (4,442), Pentecostals (3,824), non-denominational (2,844), Anglicans (2,200) and Wesleyan Holiness (1,318).
Other religions were well-represented in the census survey as well, including Hindus (454), Jehovah’s Witnesses (601), Muslims (212) and Rastafarians (115).
More than 3,000 people listed their religion as “other”, but the report did not specify what denominations or churches those individuals attended.
Different churches appealed to Caymanians and non-Caymanians, according to the survey.
For Caymanians, the five most popular churches or religions were in order; Church of God, Presbyterian, Seventh-day Adventist, Baptist and Roman Catholic.
Among the non-Caymanian population, Roman Catholicism ranked as most popular, followed by Church of God, no stated religion or church, Pentecostal, and Seventh-day Adventist.
Non-Caymanian Catholics outnumbered Caymanian Catholics by more than two-to-one, while those Caymanians attending the Church of God outnumbered non-Caymanians nearly three-to-one. Seventh-day Adventists were also found much more often within the Caymanian population than the expatriates, according to the 2010 census.
Of the 5,005 people surveyed who listed no religion or church, 2,341 were Caymanians and 2,664 were non-Caymanians.
Cayman also maintains some diversity in residents’ first languages, although about 91 per cent of the population surveyed listed English as the “main language” spoken at home.
Some proficiency in English is required for work permit holders who enter Cayman from non-English speaking countries.
Among the households where English was not the main language, Spanish was the second most common language spoken. Four per cent of the households in the Cayman Islands listed Spanish as its main language.
The third most common languages (3.3 per cent) were the various dialects spoken by residents of the Philippines; Bifaya and Tagalog being the main two, although there are more than 120 dialects in total believed to be spoken there.
Other languages spoken in small percentages of local households included French, German, Italian and Portuguese. None made up more than one-fifth of 1 per cent of the entire Cayman Islands population.