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.
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.
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.