Update 13 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (formerly FIPS 10-4) is dated 2013-09-30. It finally decommissions the FIPS codes for the subdivisions mentioned in source .
An e-mail from David Bush, with supporting URLs, prompted me to revise my view of the districts. The evidence is that Cayman Brac and Little Cayman now form a single district, sometimes called Sister Islands. It's not clear whether they ever were separate districts, nor when they merged.
The next evidence comes from source , a map dated 1957. It shows Cayman Brac and Little Cayman undemarcated, and Grand Cayman divided into three districts and seven subdistricts. The subdistricts are not a partition of the districts; that is, several subdistricts lie across the border between two districts. If we take Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, and the seven subdistricts on Grand Cayman as the primary divisions of the Cayman Islands, there is only one change from the 1934 census: Savannah was created, probably from parts of Prospect and Bodden Town.
Source , an early version of FIPS 10, lists divisions of the Cayman Islands, along with the islands they belong to. According to it, Cayman Brac Island was divided into Creek, Spot Bay, Stake Bay, and West End districts; Grand Cayman Island into Eastern, Midland, and Western (the same three districts as shown on the 1957 map); and Little Cayman was coextensive with the district of South Town. This set of districts was repeated, unchanged, in subsequent FIPS lists and editions of the CIA World Factbook up to 2013. The first draft of ISO 3166-2 (1996) copied these districts verbatim from FIPS, but they were dropped as "not relevant" when the authoritative standard came out (1998). There are indeed localities named Creek, Spot Bay, Stake Bay, and West End on Cayman Brac, but I can't find any maps that show them as administrative divisions.
Source  lists Cayman Brac divided into Creer (sic), Spot Bay, Stake Bay, and West End; Grand Cayman into Georgetown, Bodden Town, East End, West Bay, and North Side; and Little Cayman into South Town and Jacksons districts.
Source  is a government report dated 2003. It has a number of maps showing electoral constituencies. I don't use electoral divisions on this website, because they are subject to change at every election. However, the names of the electoral constituencies can easily be matched, in most cases, with district names. For example, West Bay district surely corresponds to the four electoral constituencies West Bay Central, West Bay East, West Bay Northwest, and West Bay South. Moreover, Annex 3 at the end of the report has a table titled "Census Population by District". It lists seven districts and their populations in four censuses (1970-1999). The figures are consistent with those in other sources. (There does seem to be one typo. To make the figures add up correctly, I had to assume that 25,335 is a misprint for 25,355 - an error easily made.) The districts are the same as in the 1921 and 1934 censuses, except that Prospect is absent (probably merged with George Town or Bodden Town, or both). Census enumeration districts often change from one census to the next, but the districts reported on in printed census reports deserve greater credence, especially if they remain stable from year to year.
All current government sources appear to concur that there are six districts, one of which comprises all of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Source  shows that there was a proposal in 2008 to split this latter into two districts. The article implies that the two islands have been in the same district for quite a while.
The conclusion I reached, after weighing all these sources, is that the six districts listed under Primary subdivisions are probably the best representation of the current status. The eight districts listed by FIPS and the CIA World Factbook were probably never correct, although they've been copied widely. My new best guess at the change history is shown below.
|Short name||CAYMAN ISLANDS|
The Cayman Islands were a dependency of Jamaica until 1959-07-04, when they became a separate British colony.
Caimans (crocodilian reptiles) lived there
Cayman Islands is divided into six districts.
The country's area is 259 square kilometers, or 100 square miles. Grand Cayman accounts for 197, Cayman Brac 36, and Little Cayman 26 km².
The Cayman Islands postal service is now using a system of postal codes of the form KYn-nnnn, where each 'n' represents a digit. All mail is delivered to P.O. Boxes.
Cayman Islands consists of three main islands and many tiny islets adjacent to them. The three main islands are Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. Sister Islands includes Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. All other districts lie primarily on Grand Cayman.
The UN LOCODE page for Cayman Islands lists locations in the country, some of them with their latitudes and longitudes, some with their ISO 3166-2 codes for their subdivisions. This information can be put together to approximate the territorial extent of subdivisions.
KY.CB) and Little Cayman (
KY.SO) districts merged to form Sister Islands.
In the 2010 census, the Sister Islands are combined under Cayman Brac.
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