Statistical information Cayman Islands 2001Cayman%20Islands

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Cayman Islands in the World


Cayman Islands - Introduction 2001
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Background: The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries. Administered by Jamaica from 1863 they remained a British dependency after 1962 when the former became independent.

Cayman Islands - Geography 2001
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Location: Caribbean island group in Caribbean Sea nearly one-half of the way from Cuba to Honduras

Geographic coordinates: 19 30 N 80 30 W

Map referenceCentral America and the Caribbean

Total: 259 km²
Land: 259 km²
Water: 0 km²
Comparative: 1.5 times the size of Washington DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 160 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
Territorial sea: 12 NM

Climate: tropical marine; warm rainy summers (May to October) and cool relatively dry winters (November to April)

Terrain: low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs

Extremes lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
Extremes highest point: The Bluff 43 m

Natural resources: fish climate and beaches that foster tourism
Land use

Land use
Arable land: 0%
Permanent crops: 0%
Permanent pastures: 8%
Forests and woodland: 23%
Other: 69% (1993 est.)

Irrigated land: NA km²

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards: hurricanes (July to November)

Note: important location between Cuba and Central America

Cayman Islands - People 2001
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Population: 35,527 (July 2001 est.)
Growth rate: 2.12% (2001 est.)
Below poverty line: NA%

Noun: Caymanian
Adjective: Caymanian

Ethnic groups: mixed 40% white 20% black 20% expatriates of various ethnic groups 20%

Languages: English

Religions: United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational) Anglican Baptist Roman Catholic Church of God other Protestant

Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure
0-14 years: 22.21% (male 3,807; female 4,084)
15-64 years: 69.74% (male 12,102; female 12,676)
65 years and over: 8.05% (male 1,318; female 1,540) (2001 est.)

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: 2.12% (2001 est.)

Birth rate: 13.79 births/1000 population (2001 est.)

Death rate: 5.15 deaths/1000 population (2001 est.)

Net migration rate
Note: major destination for Cubans trying to migrate to the US

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: no natural fresh water resources; drinking water supplies must be met by rainwater catchment

Air pollutants

Sex ratio
At birth: 0.86 male/female
Under 15 years: 0.93 male/female
15-64 years: 0.95 male/female
65 years and over: 0.86 male/female
Total population: 0.94 male/female (2001 est.)

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: 10.16 deaths/1000 live births (2001 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
Total population: 79.03 years
Male: 76.24 years
Female: 81.43 years (2001 est.)

Total fertility rate: 2.04 children born/woman (2001 est.)

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access

Adult prevalence rate: NA%
People living with hivaids: NA
Deaths: NA

Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures

Definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
Total population: 98%
Male: 98%
Female: 98% (1970 est.)

School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Cayman Islands - Government 2001
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Country name
Conventional long form: none
Conventional short form: Cayman Islands

Government type: British crown colony

Capital: George Town

Administrative divisions: 8 districts; Creek Eastern Midland South Town Spot Bay Stake Bay West End Western

Dependent areas

Independence: none (overseas territory of the UK)

National holiday: Constitution Day first Monday in July

Constitution: 1959 revised 1972 and 1992

Legal system: British common law and local statutes

International law organization participation


Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

Executive branch
Chief of state: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); Governor and President of the Executive Council Peter SMITH (since 5 May 1999)
Head of government: Kurt TIBBETTS (since November 2000)
Cabinet: Executive Council (three members appointed by the governor, four members elected by the Legislative Assembly)
Elections: none; the monarch is hereditary; the governor is appointed by the monarch

Legislative branch
Elections: last held 8 November 2000 (next to be held NA November 2004)
Election results: percent of vote - NA%; seats - NA

Judicial branch: Summary Court; Grand Court; Cayman Islands Court of Appeal

Political parties and leaders: there are no formal political parties but the following loose groupings act as political organizations; National Team; Democratic Alliance; Team Cayman

International organization participation: Caricom (observer) CDB Interpol (subbureau) IOC UNESCO (associate)

Diplomatic representation
In the us: none (overseas territory of the UK)
From the us: none (overseas territory of the UK)

Flag descriptionflag of Cayman%20Islands: blue with the flag of the UK in the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Caymanian coat of arms on a white disk centered on the outer half of the flag; the coat of arms includes a pineapple and turtle above a shield with three stars (representing the three islands) and a scroll at the bottom bearing the motto HE HATH FOUNDED IT UPON THE SEAS

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Cayman Islands - Economy 2001
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Economy overview: With no direct taxation the islands are a thriving offshore financial center. More than 40,000 companies were registered in the Cayman Islands as of 1997 including almost 600 banks and trust companies; banking assets exceed $500 billion. A stock exchange was opened in 1997. Tourism is also a mainstay accounting for about 70% of GDP and 75% of foreign currency earnings. The tourist industry is aimed at the luxury market and caters mainly to visitors from North America. Total tourist arrivals exceeded 1.2 million visitors in 1997. About 90% of the islands' food and consumer goods must be imported. The Caymanians enjoy one of the highest outputs per capita and one of the highest standards of living in the world.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate: 4.9% (1999 est.)

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin
Agriculture: 1.4%
Industry: 3.2%
Services: 95.4% (1994 est.)

Agriculture products: vegetables fruit; livestock turtle farming

Industries: tourism banking insurance and finance construction construction materials furniture

Industrial production growth rate: NA%

Labor force: 19,820 (1995)
By occupation agriculture: 1.4%
By occupation industry: 12.6%
By occupation services: 86% (1995)
Labor force

Unemployment rate: 4.1% (1997)

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line: NA%

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share
Lowest 10: NA%
Highest 10: NA%

Distribution of family income gini index

Revenues: $265.2 million
Expenditures: $248.9 million, including capital expenditures of $N/A (1997)

Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices: 3% (1998)

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance

Exports: $1.5 million (1998)
Commodities: turtle products manufactured consumer goods
Partners: mostly US

Imports: $507.6 million (1998)
Commodities: foodstuffs manufactured goods
Partners: US Trinidad and Tobago UK Netherlands Antilles Japan

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external: $70 million (1996)

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates: Caymanian dollars per US dollar - 0.83 (3 November 1995) 0.85 (22 November 1993)

Cayman Islands - Energy 2001
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Electricity access

Electricity production: 330 million kWh (1999)
By source fossil fuel: 100%
By source hydro: 0%
By source nuclear: 0%
By source other: 0% (1999)

Electricity consumption: 306.9 million kWh (1999)

Electricity exports: 0 kWh (1999)

Electricity imports: 0 kWh (1999)

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Cayman Islands - Communication 2001
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular: 2,534 (1995)

Telephone system
General assessment: NA
Domestic: NA
International: 1 submarine coaxial cable; satellite earth station - 1 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)

Broadcast media

Internet country code: .ky

Internet users: NA

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Cayman Islands - Military 2001
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Cayman Islands - Transportation 2001
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 3 (2000 est.)
With paved runways total: 2
With paved runways 15-24 to 2437 m: 2 (2000 est.)
With unpaved runways total: 1
With unpaved runways 914 to 1523 m: 1 (2000 est.)

Airports with paved runways
Total: 2
15-24 to 2437 m: 2 (2000 est.)

Airports with unpaved runways
Total: 1
914 to 1523 m: 1 (2000 est.)



Railways: 0 km


Waterways: none

Merchant marine
Total: 106 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 1,656,452 GRT/2,643,036 DWT
Ships by type: bulk 21, cargo 5, chemical tanker 27, container 4, liquefied gas 1, petroleum tanker 13, refrigerated cargo 30, roll on/roll off 4, specialized tanker 1
Note: includes some foreign-owned ships registered here as a flag of convenience: Cyprus 2, Denmark 2, Finland 1, Greece 11, Norway 3, UK 3, US 3 (2000 est.)

Ports and terminals

Cayman Islands - Transnational issues 2001
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Disputes international: none

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs


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