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U.S. Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands is a group of four main islands and many smaller islands, located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico. It is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States, and its residents are U.S. citizens. The Virgin Islands has a landmass of 346 square kilometers. The capital, Charlotte Amalie, is located on the island of Saint Thomas.

The total estimated population is 105,870 (CIA, 2021). 76% of the population is African-American/Black, 15.6% is white, 1.4% is Asian, 4.9% is other, and 2.1% is mixed. 71.6% of the population speaks English, 17.2% speaks Spanish or Spanish Creole, 8.6% speaks French or French Creole, and 2.5% speaks another language.

The median household income for residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2009 was $37,254, 68.9% of residents completed high school and 5.7% of the labor force is unemployed.

For additional resources and information, see Atlantic Territory and Commonwealth.

Data Sources
CIA World Fact Book: Virgin Islands; U.S. Census 2010

Last Reviewed: 11/16/2018