Pitcairn Islands

Pitcairn Islands Economy Stats


The inhabitants of this tiny isolated economy exist on fishing, subsistence farming, handicrafts, and postage stamps. The fertile soil of the valleys produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including citrus, sugarcane, watermelons, bananas, yams, and beans. Bartering is an important part of the economy. The major sources of revenue are the sale of postage stamps to collectors and the sale of handicrafts to passing ships. In October 2004, more than one-quarter of Pitcairn's small labor force was arrested, putting the economy in a bind, since their services were required as lighter crew to load or unload passing ships.


  • Budget > Expenditures: Expenditures calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms
  • Budget > Revenues: Revenues calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms
  • Budget > Revenues > Per capita: Revenues calculated on an exchange rate basis, i.e., not in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms Per capita figures expressed per 1 population.
  • Exchange rates: The official value of a country's monetary unit at a given date or over a given period of time, as expressed in units of local currency per US dollar and as determined by international market forces or official fiat.
  • Exports > Commodities: This entry provides a listing of the highest-valued exported products; it sometimes includes the percent of total dollar value.
  • Fiscal year: The beginning and ending months for a country's accounting period of 12 months, which often is the calendar year but which may begin in any month. All yearly references are for the calendar year (CY) unless indicated as a noncalendar fiscal year (FY).
  • Industries: A rank ordering of industries starting with the largest by value of annual output.
  • Labor force: This entry contains the total labor force figure.
Agriculture > Products honey; wide variety of fruits and vegetables; goats, chickens; fish 2013
Budget > Expenditures $1.03 million 2010 149th out of 149
Budget > Revenues $746,000.00 2013 221st out of 223
Budget > Revenues > Per capita $15,529.45 per capita 2003 7th out of 160
Exchange rates New Zealand dollars (NZD) per US dollar -
1.23 (2012)
1.26 (2011)
1.39 (2010)
1.6 (2009)
1.42 (2008)
Exports > Commodities fruits, vegetables, curios, stamps 2013
Fiscal year 1 2013
Industries postage stamps, handicrafts, beekeeping, honey 2013
Labor force 15 2013 110th out of 230

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008


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Pitcairn Islands Economy Profiles (Subcategories)

Budget 4 Trade 89
Government 5