The government Economics and Statistics Office recently released its 2014 Compendium of Statistics, a big book of facts about Cayman. From population and unemployment to the number of criminal cases heard for the year, the compendium paints a picture of an ever-larger country and an improving economy, despite some growing pains.
The population in the Cayman Islands broke a new record in 2014, with 58,238 people on the islands. The Caymanian population also broke a new record with 33,447 people last year.
The non-Caymanian population fell short of a third record for the year. The ESO reports 24,791 expats in 2014 – the record was set in 2008 with a little more than 25,000 people.
Of the total population, 51.4 percent are female and 48.6 are male.
There were 710 live births in the Cayman Islands last year and 153 deaths.
The total number of households dropped last year to 21,189, down from more than 24,000 in 2012.
There are 7,806 students enrolled in primary and secondary schools.
Government schools account for 4,739 students, and 3,067 in private schools. Government school enrollment has been dropping slightly each year since 2012 while private school students have been increasing.
There were 387 students studying overseas on Education Council Scholarships in 2014 – down from 427 the year before. The most popular majors for overseas scholars are in social and business studies.
There were 15,582 library card holders last year, more than half of whom are children and young adults.
Library patrons around Cayman checked out 34,353 books in 2014, and checked in 27,034. People made more than 77,000 visits to the George Town library in 2014, West Bay’s library came in a distant second at just more than 19,000.
The leading cause of death, accounting for 30 percent in 2014, is circulatory disorders, such as heart disease. Cancer is the second leading cause of death for people who pass away on island. The Cayman Islands Hospital discharged 5,189 patients in 2014.
Prescriptions were way up last year, topping 355,000, compared to 285,000 in 2013.
There were 4,354 ambulance calls in 2014.
Cops and courts
There were 3,948 crimes reported in 2014. Police data shows 1,781 cases were cleared up.
Summary Court heard 8,289 cases in 2014 – almost 6,000 of those were for traffic charges.
Grand Court heard 1,022 cases last year, mainly for civil and family matters.
The court system, according to court administrators, does not have data on its conviction rate.
The most common offenses for juveniles are traffic and alcohol and drug charges.
On average, there were 172 prisoners in Northward Prison last year and an average of 13 in the women’s prison at Fairbanks.
There were 21 vehicle fires in 2014, or at least that’s how many were reported to the fire service, a little lower than the average over the past five years.
The fire department performed eight elevator rescues.
Traffic accidents dropped below 1,000 for the first time in recent memory. There were 968 accidents in 2014, four of which were fatal.
Visitor statistics were on the rise for 2014, with more than 1.9 million visitors on both cruise ships and air arrivals. That number is up more than 15 percent from 2013.
Gross domestic product, a core measurement of how the economy is growing, hit its highest level since 2008, showing 2.1 percent growth last year.
There were 39,582 people in the labor force last year.
The 2014 unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. Caymanian unemployment was 7.9 percent and non-Caymanian was 1.5 percent.
The number of company registrations in the Cayman Islands hit a new record last year with about 99,500 registrations. Most of those, about 82,000, are exempt companies.