Cayman Islands

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Cayman Islands Terrain : low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs.

Resources : fish, climate and beaches that foster tourism.

Natural Hazards : hurricanes (July to November).

Population : 46,600 note: most of the population lives on Grand Cayman (July 2007 est.).

Factbook

Quick Facts About Cayman Islands

Population

50,209
note: most of the population lives on Grand Cayman (July 2010 est.)

Age Structure

0-14 years: 19.3% (male 4,877/female 4,814)
15-64 years: 71.1% (male 17,385/female 18,322)
65 years and over: 9.6% (male 2,262/female 2,549) (2010 est.)

Religions

Church of God 26%, United Church 11.8% (Presbyterian and Congregational), Roman Catholic 11%, Baptist 8.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 8.2%, Anglican 5.7%, Pentecostal 5.3%, other Christian 2.7%, non-denominational 5.8%, other 3.8%, none 9.8%, unspecified 1.1% (1999 census)

Languages

English 95%, Spanish 3.2%, other 1.8% (1999 census)

Internet Users

23,000 (2008)

Country Name

conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Cayman Islands

Government Type

parliamentary democracy

Capital

name: George Town (on Grand Cayman)
geographic coordinates: 19 18 N, 81 23 W
time difference: UTC-5 (same time as Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Military Branches

no regular military forces; Royal Cayman Islands Police Force (2008)

Dependency Status

overseas territory of the UK

Background

The Cayman Islands were colonized from Jamaica by the British during the 18th and 19th centuries and were administered by Jamaica after 1863. In 1959, the islands became a territory within the Federation of the West Indies. When the Federation dissolved in 1962, the Cayman Islands chose to remain a British dependency.

Area – Comparative

1.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Area

total: 264 sq km
land: 264 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Terrain

low-lying limestone base surrounded by coral reefs

Climate

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

Natural Hazards

hurricanes (July to November)