10 Fast Facts on the US Virgin Islands
The United States Virgin Islands are a popular vacation spot for many. Here are some quick facts about these islands:
1. The Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean and east of Puerto Rico.
2. The Virgin Islands consist of three islands: Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas. Saint Croix is the largest of the islands by square miles, but Saint Thomas is largest by population.
3. The islands were originally divided between the English and the Danish. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, sugarcane drove the economy. When slavery was abolished in 1848, the Danish areas of the islands declined economically until they were purchased by the United States.
4. The islands are an unincorporated territory of the U.S. Since 2009, the Head of State is President Donald Trump. Since 2015, the head of government is Governor Kenneth Mapp.
5. The Virgin Islands are 737 square miles, or 1910 square kilometers, which is double the size of Washington, DC.
6. As of 2017, the population of the Virgin Islands is approximately 106,000. Saint Croix has a population of about 50,000 +/-, Saint Thomas has a population of about 51,000 +/-, and Saint John has a population of about 4,000+/-.
7. 74.7 percent of the population speak English, 16.8 percent speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, and 6.5 percent speak French or French Creole. 59 percent of the population are Protestant and 34 percent are Roman Catholic.
8. The capital city is Charlotte Amalie. Charlotte Amalie is located on Saint Thomas and is the largest city on the islands, with a population of about 10,000.
9. The islands are located along the Anegada Passage and are a very important location in the Panama Canal. The Saint Thomas island has a natural deep-water harbor that is important for shipping.
- The U.S. Virgin Islands have a subtropical climate with low humidity and minimal seasonal change. Summer and winter temperatures only vary by about five degrees Fahrenheit on average. They have a rainy season from September to November.