The following statistics and information provide a quick snap-shot of the most important facts and figures about the Cayman Islands. Also, read on to find details on Cayman's currency along with a description of what units of measurement are used on-island.
Most of the information found on the following pages has been sourced from the Cayman Islands’ Economics and Statistics Office (Tel: (345) 949 0940), the national statistics office of the Cayman Islands that advises the Government on all matters relating to the collection and dissemination of statistics.
The Cayman Islands consist of three islands: Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman
Grand Cayman Western Caribbean, about 150 miles south of Cuba, 480 miles southwest of Miami, 180 miles northwest of Jamaica.
Cayman Brac 89 miles northeast of Grand Cayman
Little Cayman 5 miles west of Cayman Brac
George Town, in southwest Grand Cayman
Cayman's National Symbols
National Bird: Grand Cayman Parrot
National Flower: Wild Banana Orchid
National Tree: Silver Thatch Palm
National Song: Beloved Isle Cayman
National Motto: “He hath founded it upon the seas”
Total Area 102 sq miles/164 sq km (total area of all three islands)
Grand Cayman area: 76sq miles; length: 22 miles; average width: 4 miles; highest point: about 60ft above sea level
Cayman Brac area: 15sq miles; length: 12 miles; average width: 1.5 miles; highest point: The Bluff – 140ft above sea level
Little Cayman area: 10sq miles; length: 10 miles; average width: just over 1 mile; highest point: 40ft above sea level
65,813 of which 36,705 are Caymanian (Q4 2018)
National Income (2018)
GDP per capita: CI$66,917
Real GDP: CI$4,304.4 million
Total Government Revenue: CI$835.2.0 million
Total Government Expenditure: CI$651.9 million
Core Government Debt: CI$418.7 million
Other Statistics (2018)
Infant Mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 1.4
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Total Work Permits: 26,657
Total Labour Force: 46,178
Total # Central Government Employees: 3,938
Average Inflation Rate: 3.3%
Total Imports: CI$1,058.6 million
Bank & Trust Licences: 133
Captive Insurance Licences: 703
Total Mutual Funds: 10,992
New Company Registrations:16,326
Doctors per 1,000 population: 3.7
Visitor Air Arrivals: 463,001 passengers
Cruise Ship Arrivals: 1,921,057 passengers
Tourism, Financial Services and Construction
Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom (i.e. British dependency)
Over 135 different nationalities are represented in Cayman. The majority of the population is Caymanian, followed by Jamaican, British, American, Canadian, Filipino and a mix of Latin American. However, there is also a strong and close-knit German, Brazilian and French community and they are very welcoming to newcomers.
The official language of the Cayman Islands is English, however, since we are a melting pot of 130 different nationalities you are just as likely to hear Tagalog, Tamil, Spanish and Portuguese as English being spoken.
The legal tender of the Cayman Islands is the Cayman Islands dollar (denoted CI$) and the sole issuing authority is the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA). However, the United States Dollar, with a fixed rate of exchange, is widely used in local finance and commerce.
The Cayman Islands Dollar (CI$) is tied to the US Dollar and does not fluctuate. The exchange rate is CI$1 = US$1.20. The cash exchange rate is CI$1 = US$1.25 which means that US$20 cash is worth CI$16 or US$5 is worth CI$4. US Dollars are accepted everywhere as are travellers cheques. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted and there are numerous ATMs throughout Grand Cayman. Currency denominations are as follows: CI$1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 dollar bills.
Weight & Measurements
Cayman uses the US system of miles for distances and mph for speed. But depending on where your vehicle is imported from, the steering wheel can be either on the right or left side or the car and the speedometer in mph or kph.
Inches are used for length and pounds for measuring weight.
For temperature we use Fahrenheit (°F) and not Centigrade (°C).
Petrol is sold by the Imperial gallon if bought from a gas station, however, marine and mobile fuel providers dispense fuel in US gallons which is approximately 20% less per volume than imperial gallons. Make sure you are being charged appropriately!