Area: 348 sq km
Population: 95 668 inhab. (estimate 2019)
Density: 274.91 inhab./sq km
Coordinates: lat. 18° N; long. 65° W
Capital: Charlotte Amalie (on Saint Thomas) (chief town) 10 354 inhab. (2010); Charlotte Amalie 18 481 inhab. (2010), urban agglomeration
Currency: US dollar (100 cents)
Governor: Albert Bryan (Democratic Party), since 7 January 2019
Internet: www.usviber.org (Bureau of Economic Research)

U.S. Virgin Islands

United States Virgin Islands
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Politics and current affairs

Geography.
An archipelago of the Lesser Antilles, in the south-west sector of the Virgin Islands archipelago, the US Virgin Islands comprise about 60 islands, islets and rocks. The largest islands are Saint Croix, Saint Thomas and Saint John. The islands are of volcanic origin, very mountainous, with rugged coastlines. They have a tropical climate.

Acquired from Denmark in 1917, the islands are an “Unincorporated territory” of the USA. They have one non-voting representative in the House of Representatives in Congress in Washington. The Governor is elected for four years. The Senate has 15 members who are elected for two years.

Administrative division

Administrative division
IslandAREAINHABITANTSYEAR
Saint Croix216 sq km46 280 inhab.2017
Saint John51$ sq km3 935 inhab.2017
Cities
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Charlotte Amalie (on Saint Thomas)10 354inhab.2010
Cruz Bay2 706inhab.2010
Urban agglomerations
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Charlotte Amalie18 481inhab.2010
Frederiksted3 091inhab.2010
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Population

Population by age and gender (% - 2020)
75+
60-74
45-59
30-44
15-29
0-14
MALEAGEFEMALE
Demographic statistics
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Birth rate12.82017
Death rate7.82017
Ethnic groups
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
black76$%2010
white15.6%2010


Religions
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Protestant65.5%2010
Catholic27.1%2010


Languages
DESCRIPTION
Creole
English (official)
Population by selected age groups
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
0-14 years19.9%2020
15-29 years15.8%2020


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Economy


Economy.
The islands’ main resource is tourism. At Saint Croix there is a crude oil storage terminal on the site of a large refinery that closed down in 2012. The main crop is sugar cane and there is a processing industry (making rum), pharmaceuticals and electronics.

Economy - General data
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Agricultural prod. index (2004-06=100)107.17index2016
Oil distillation capacity24 937 656t2012
Economy - Employment
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Active population49 545units2020
Active population, Females51.5%2019
Economy - Unemployment
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Unemployment rate11.8%2020
Unemployment rate, Females54.8%2019
Employment by economic activity
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
agriculture3.3%2019
industry19.6%2019
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Agriculture

Land use
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
arable land5.714%2018
forests56.029%2018
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Forests-Livestock-Fishing

Livestock - Cattle
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
cattle8.1281000 heads2018
cattle and buffaloes8.1281000 heads2018
Livestock - Pigs
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
pigs2.6671000 heads2018
Livestock - Sheep
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
sheep3.2641000 heads2018
Livestock - Goats
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
goats4.1341000 heads2018
Livestock - Equines
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
asses0.0561000 heads2018
asses and mules0.061000 heads2018
Livestock - Poultry
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
birds43$1000 heads2018
Livestock - Livestock products
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
eggs0.181000 t2018
hides and skins0.0591000 t2018
Fishing
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
crustaceans and molluscs138.4t2019
freshwater fishes8$t2019
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Energy

Electric energy - Generated
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
- thermal596M kWh2018
non-renewable electricity generation98.8%2018
Electric energy - Installed capacity
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
- thermal3161000 kW2018
- other renew.5.11000 kW2019
Electric energy - Total production and capacity
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
total net generation603.24M kWh2018
total installed capacity321.11000 kW2018
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Industry

Industry - Petrochemicals
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
petrol716.61000 t2012
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Trade

Merchandise Export
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
20141 671M US$ -
20131 285M US$ -
Merchandise Import
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
20143 392M US$ -
20132 590M US$ -
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Tourism

International Tourism
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Number of arrivals381 000units2018
Receipts1 046M US$2018
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Communications

Communication - Transport
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Merchant fleet2$units2021
Merchant fleet, gross tonnage643t2021
Communication - Media and telecommunication
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Broadband subscribers85.749per 1000 pop.2015
Computers27.4per 1000 pop.2005
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Social and welfare

Other social indicators
DESCRIPTIONVALUEUNITSYEAR
Access to electricity100%2019
Access to improved drinking-water source98.718%2017
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