Cayman’s Facts, Figures, Units of Measurement & Currency
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.
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
Infant Mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 4.2
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Total Work Permits: 25,598
Total Labour Force: 46,178
Total # Central Government Employees: 3,893
Average Inflation Rate: 3.3%
Total Imports: CI$758.13 million
Bank & Trust Licences: 146
Captive Insurance Licences: 727
Total Mutual Funds: 10,889
New Company Registrations:12,941 (Jan-Sept)
Doctors per 1,000 population: 3.7
Visitor Air Arrivals: 463,001 passengers
Cruise Ship Arrivals: 1,921,057 passengers
Over 135 different nationalities are represented in Cayman. The majority of the population is Caymanian, followed by Jamaican, British, American, Canadian, Filipino and a mix of Latin American. However, there is also a strong and close-knit German, Brazilian and French community and they are very welcoming to newcomers.
The legal tender of the Cayman Islands is the Cayman Islands dollar (denoted CI$) 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.
Cayman uses the US system of miles for distances and mph for speed, inches 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!