map of the US Virgin Islands VIRGIN ISLANDS (U.S.)

general data of the country

General useful information
Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
Nation and population
official name (short form): Virgin Islands ; United States Virgin Islands
country code ISO: VI //; - FIPS: VQ
location: Central America ; West Indies ; Caribbean ; Lesser Antilles
time zone: -4 UT
surface (land) area: 340 = 131 sq.mi //; - area incl. inland waters: = sq.mi
geographical position in extreme co-ordinates: North/South: 18° N / East/West: 65° W
borders (land): none
borders (coastline): Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea
climate: subtropical Caribbean, tempered by trade winds, low humidity
independent since: not yet
type of government: unincorporated territory of the USA (purchased from Denmark in 1917)
capital: Charlotte Amalie
administrative division: none; the US Census Bureau uses the 3 main islands as enumeration districts
population according to the latest census (1990): 101,809
total population according to the estimate of midyear 2000: 120,917 /-; 2001: 122,200
population density: 356 per = 922 per sq.mi
population growth: 1,5% //; - doubling time: ca 50 years
birth rate: 18 per 1000
death rate: 5 per 1000
fertility rate: 2 children per female
maternal mortality: per 100,000
infant mortality (1-4 years): 19 per 1000
life expectancy: 73 years (male: 70; female: 76)
age breakdown: 0-14 years: 28% //; - 15-59 years: 63% //; - 60+ years: 9%
urbanisation: 37% //; - urbanisation growth: %
percentage of urban population in the greatest city: %
Ethnic composition, language, religion
ethnic groups: black (mainly of African descent) 80%; white 15%
languages: English (official); Spanish, Creole
religious affiliation: Baptist 42%; Roman Catholic 34%
daily food intake: calories per capita
population with access to safe water: %
people per physician: 700
people per hospital bed:
Education, literacy
school enrolment: primary education 6-11 years: 50%
school enrolment: secondary education: %
school enrolment: tertiary education 20-24 years: %
adult literacy: % (male: %; female: %)
Economy and infrastructure
Economy and trade
currency: US dollar
annual inflation rate: %
population below poverty line: %
Gross Domestic Product: USD per capita
GNI USD per capita //; - [ppp: ]
GDP growth: %
income: USD 15000 per capita
import: USD 3200 per capita //; - export: USD 3026 per capita
trade: USD 6000 per capita //; - or % of GDP
trade partners: US
human development index: //; - position of the country in the world no.:
female labour force: 43%
unemployment: 5%
tourism: 0,6 million
Economic activities in agriculture, fisheries, industry, mining, services, energy
land use: arable land: 21% //; - grass land: 26% //; - wooded area: 6% //; - arid land and desert: %
agriculture: labour force: 1% //; - part of agriculture in GDP: %
agricultural products: vegetables, horticulture, fruits & nuts (all of little importance)
livestock (1000s): cattle: 6,6 - 8 / goats: 4 / pigs: 1,4 - 3 / poultry: 3,5 - 35 / sheep: 3
fish catch: metric tonnes
industry: labour force: 23% //; - part of industry in GDP: %
industrial products: tourism, notably cruise ships and airborne daytrippers; rum, textiles, pharmaceuticals, perfumes
mining products: sand & gravel (of no importance)
CO2 emission per capita: 99,0
services: labour force: 76% //; - part of services in GDP: %
energy use (kg per capita): 33843
electricity use (per capita):
annual water use (per capita):
Traffic, communication
road network: 856 km //; - of which paved: 100% //; - of which are motorways: 0 km
vehicles: 500 per 1000
railways: 0 km //; - railways passenger/km: -
navigable inland waterways: 0 km
ownership telephone: 597 per 1000
ownership radio receivers: 1029 per 1000
ownership tv-sets: 600 per 1000
newspaper circulation: 287 per 1000
persons per post office: 10800
personal computers: per 1000
Some physical landmarks
mountains: Crown Mountain 474 m, Bordeaux Mt. 389, Mt. Eagle 355, Pater Peak 295, Nulliberg 264
lowest point: sea level
lakes (natural): none, or unknown
lakes (artificial reservoirs): none, or unknown
lakes (deepest): unknown
rivers: not found in atlantes or on maps; possibly of no importance, or only some small ones for mountain drainage
canals: none, or unknown
waterfalls: none, or unknown
caves: longest system: none, or unknown / deepest:
islands: see the separate file of the administrative division
deserts: none
other natural features:
Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
other important features:
apart from physical landmarks most of the above figures are changeable, in most cases they date from the 1990's
Spanish territory from 1553-1672; Danish colony from 1672-1917
primary sources used for the general information:
BB CA EV PW WA WB WR, and some national statistical yearbooks
particulars concerning population data:

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