Graphics and photos: Matt Lamers

Cayman Islands government agencies collect all sorts of data every day, publishing much of it across more than a dozen websites. Once a year, the Economics and Statistics Office pulls that information together to give people a snapshot of the islands by the numbers in the annual Compendium of Statistics.

The ESO released the 2015 Compendium last week. Cayman Compass reporters pored through the 190-page document to pull out some of the most interesting facts and figures for readers. The Compendium, available in full from the ESO website, goes through population, education, healthcare, housing, crime, the economy and more.

Graphic and photo: Matt Lamers
Graphic and photo: Matt Lamers

Some of the facts:

There are more than 60,000 people living in the Cayman Islands. In 2015, 649 babies were born on the islands. Cayman’s public libraries checked out more than 33,000 books last year.

The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing gave 1,506 road tests last year, and 1,371 passed.

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The Postal Service reports that people in Cayman sent more than 334,000 letters last year and received almost 897,000 letters.

The average temperature last year was 82.9 degrees, the highest annual temperature in recent years. The hottest month was September, with an average of 85.5 degrees for the month.


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  1. I have teased out some interesting numbers from the above.

    There are 34,237 Caymanians and 19,575 are working. This leaves 14,662 not working. Or perhaps working “off the books”.

    Out of the 14,662 not working some are in school. All of the 4,706 in government schools must, by law, be Caymanians. The 3,213 in private schools is not broken out but let me guess that 1,000 of these are Caymanian children So subtract 5,706 schoolchildren.
    We now have 8,956 Caymanians who are not employed and not in school.

    This 26% includes retired adults, non-working spouses, under school-age children and babies and the unemployed. 8,956 out of 34,237.

    We also have 26,176 non-Caymanians and 21,296 who are working. That is 4,880 not working.
    If 2,313 are in private school that would leave 2,567 who are not employed and not in school.

    Remember that private schooling is expensive and most non-Caymanians working here don’t have children with them. They either don’t have children or have left them at home.

    The 2,567 out of 26,176 non-Caymanians = 10% who are either retired adults, non-working spouses, under school-age children and babies and the unemployed.

    26% seems like a high percentage of the Caymanian population to be not working. It would be interesting to break this down further into the retired, non-working spouses etc.

  2. Mr Linton a very good break down of the population problem . Then the cause of unemployed Caymanians and non Cayman , is the blame of GOVERNMENT no vision and no plan of control when they over populated with work permits .
    I think that this issue would not get better because the Government only see the revenue from the work permits , and not the problems that are being created .

  3. Ron.

    Not necessarily.

    There are 2,567 non-working non-Caymanians.

    The non-Caymanian population must include non working spouses of work permit holders and well as non-Caymanians who are retired here and do not work, perhaps never have.

    There are 21,296 working non-Caymanians.
    These must break down in 5 categories:

    1. Single or married with spouse overseas.
    2. Married living in Cayman, both spouses working.
    3. Non working spouses of work permit holders.
    4. Retired persons. (Such as me).
    5. Under school age children or babies of non-Caymanians.

    I have no idea how many retired non-Caymanians live here or how many have very small children with them.

    But it certainly appears that the vast majority of non-Caymanian spouses are working or not in Cayman. It seems there are very few “stay at home” spouses of non-Caymanians.

  4. Norman.
    When I say that government is the problem, as your 5 categories , that is what I am referring to as the problems that government has created by over population of work permits with no planning in place to protect against such problems .