Cayman Islands Population 2022

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The Cayman Islands is a British Overseas Territory located in the western end of the Caribbean Sea. It's comprised of the islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. The capital is Georgetown on Grand Cayman. The Cayman Islands is the second most populated British Overseas Territory, behind Bermuda, and as of 2019, it is estimated to hold over 63,000 people.


The racial groups of the Cayman Islands are estimated at:

  • 40% Mixed
  • 20% Black
  • 20% White
  • 20% Asian and other

While home to only 63,000 people, there are more than 100,000 companies registered in the Cayman Islands. Financial services are the islands' major economic sectors, with many choosing it to base their companies offshore. One building in George Town is known to house upwards of 20,000 companies.

1734 saw the arrival of the islands' first slaves, predominantly from Africa. The majority of native Caymanians today are of African and English descent. At the time of slavery's abolition in the Cayman Islands, 116 families of English ancestry had enslaved over 950 former slaves of African ancestry.

The Cayman Islands 2018 Compendium of Statistics released by the Economics and Statistics Office showed a district breakdown as follows:

  • George Town: 34,878 people
  • Bodden Town: 12,624
  • West Bay: 12,649
  • North Side: 1,678
  • East End: 1,979
  • Little Cayman and Cayman Brac: 2,006

Grand Cayman is the most populous of the three islands. Over 97% of the Cayman Islands population is urban.


Christopher Columbus sighted the islands on May 10, 1503, and named them Las Tortugas. The Cayman Islands remained relatively untouched until the 17th century. As a result of the Treaty of Madrid, England and Jamaica took formal control of the islands in the 1670s. The 1730s saw the first permanent English-speaking settlement on Grand Cayman.

The Cayman Islands were a Jamaican dependency for some time until 1959 when they became internally self-governing. In 1962, Jamaica declared independence, and the Cayman Islands fell under direct British Rule. In 1972, they approved a new constitution that provided them autonomy on most domestic issues, and in 1994, a bill of rights was added to the constitution. Amendments were made to the constitution, such as the rules of the Legislative Assembly.

The government of the Cayman Islands has always relied on indirect taxation. There has never been any income tax, capital gains tax, or wealth tax levied by the government. This makes it an extremely popular tax haven.

In September 2004, Hurricane Ivan hit Grand Cayman, damaging an estimated 83% of dwellings on the island. As many as 70% were severely damaged by wind and flooding, and a further 26% suffered minor damage. This was the worst hurricane to hit the island in 86 years, and many saw disruption in power and communications for months. The hurricane caused over US$2.86 billion in damages, about 183% of the Caymans Islands' GDP.

Population Growth

The Cayman Islands saw a major boost to its population from the 1970s onwards. The 1970s saw 16% increase in population, the 1980s a 77% increase, the 1990s a 55% increase, and the 2000s a 67% increase. This is mainly due to companies registering in the islands to take advantage of the country’s tax haven status. By 2020, it's expected that the population will have grown by a factor of ten since 1950.

The Cayman Islands is one of the 14 British Overseas Territories. This territory is made up of three islands in the Caribbean: Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. The islands take up a total land area of around 102 square miles. With an estimated population of 64,420, the population density is quite low at just over 549 people per square mile. This population also makes the Cayman Islands the second most populous British Overseas Territory, only falling behind Bermuda. Most people live on Grand Cayman. Combined, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman residents make up just under 2,100 people.

The capital of the Cayman Islands is George Town. This city is located on Grand Cayman. It is also the most populous city in the Cayman Islands with over 28,000 inhabitants. George Town is the second most populous city across all of the British Overseas Territories.

There are about 100 different nationalities residing throughout the Cayman Islands. Roughly half are of Caymanian descent. Approximately 60% of the population is comprised of people that are two or more races. Most Caymanians practice some form of Christianity. There are communities of Baptists, Catholics, and Presbyterians, as well as smaller communities of Muslims, Hindus, and Jews.

The Cayman Islands has become known worldwide for offshore financial services. Many international businesses and individuals from all over the world consider the Cayman Islands to be a tax haven. The economy of this territory is also boosted by tourism. Seven Mile Beach, Stringray City, the Observation Tower of Camana Bay, and the East End Light are popular attractions that draw in visitors each year.

The current population of Cayman Islands is 68,706 based on projections of the latest available data.

Cayman Islands Growth Rate

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Name Population
George Town29,370
West Bay11,269
Bodden Town10,341
East End1,639
North Side1,184

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Cayman Islands Population by Age

There are 55,458 people over age 18 in Cayman Islands.

Census Years

Year Date
198915 October 1989
199910 October 1999
201010 October 2010

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Cayman Islands - Highlights

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