Delayed census confirmed for October

| 18/05/2021 | 17 Comments

(CNS): The national census, which was postponed last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been confirmed for October of this year and is due to begin on 10 October. The Economics and Statistics Office is organising the official count of households in the Cayman Islands in cooperation with the multi-sectoral Census Advisory Committee. The official launch will take place this month on both Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, marking the start of the education and awareness campaign and the recruiting of surveyors. The two launch events are open to the public, as officials stress the importance of the 2021 Census and what the information is used for.

The census not only attempts to count the population of the Cayman Islands but also the broad circumstances of everyone living here. While the borders may be reopened by the time the count gets underway, the tourism sector is unlikely to have fully recovered, which will be reflected in the count as the reduced tourism workforce will affect the population numbers.

The launch is scheduled in Cayman Brac on Friday, 21 May, starting at at 10am, at the District Administration Building grounds in Stake Bay, and in Grand Cayman on Wednesday, 26 May, at the Marriott Resort, also starting at 10am.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Not GDPR compliant, won’t be participating.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully they give us the truth about the population size. Because I’m sure that, before the pandemic, the population was close to 100,000! This place was packed!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Can someone clearly articulate how the last census resulted in laws or government policies that reduced the cost or living for Caymanians?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Have they heard of the “internet” I wonder? It’s this cool new fangled thingy.

  5. anon says:

    Hopefully it will occur to the Census bureau to include a question as to how many in the household have recd the Covid vaccination.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why do we need to rely on shaky figures from ESO? Weren’t HSA keeping records, is it not their job. Oh I forgot, HSA don’t keep records on anything, least of all incidences of cancer.

    • Anonymous says:

      Here’s an idea, why not make it optional just like taking the vaccine. Just let everyone who wants to be counted show up at their local MP’s office and check in.
      I’m being cynical of course, because the census is a farce.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Will they be required to be fully vaccinated?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Better not come knocking on my door.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yay. Let’s pick the date when:

    1. Every college kid is away.
    2. Every Boarding School kid is away.
    3. Every tourism employee is on mandatory leave (and away)
    4. Every snowbird is away.
    5. We have the fewest tourists of any month.

    That is all going to be so accurate and reflective of the truth. Exactly the kind of info to base an economy on. Not.

    • Anonymous says:

      1 & 2 – wouldn’t ‘count’ even if censused in summer since their ‘usual abode’ is their school, for census purposes.
      4 – See above
      5 – also don’t count.

      • Anonymous says:

        Which is exactly why the ESO numbers are not worth anything. They do not in any way reflect what is actually happening in our Islands. They take no account of the highly mobile and transient nature of our workforce and wider population. The undercounting is so material that we cannot even plan roads, healthcare or garbage collection. The number of people here is so much more than the ESO contends. There has been no effort to correct the issue despite it being clear for many years. No accountability. Just business as usual.

      • Anonymous says:

        Question: hey, ESO, how many University Graduates will be entering the workforce and need employment positions in our economy each summer in the years ahead.

        ESO answer: we do not know because we do not count anyone who is studying overseas in our numbers.

        For Christ’s sake – we pay millions for data that we can actually use, and so we can realistically plan. This is real life, not an academic statistical experiment. Either the ESO should cater to reality, or be closed down.

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