U.S. Virgin Islands
in Caribbean
North America

National active POI
Location Summary
Currency and Currency Code:
Dollar - USD
Spoken languages:
English
Local electricity:
110 V - 60 Hz (plugs: A, B)
Mobile phone / cellular frequencies (MHz):
850 MHz, 1900 MHz
ISO 2-Letter code:
VI
Internet top level domain:
.vi
Country phone prefix:
+1-340
Local Time (capital):
Timezone:
UTC/GMT offset: hours

Explore U.S. Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands with its capital Charlotte Amalie is located in North America (Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean). It covers some 1,911 square kilometers (twice the size of Washington, DC) with 107,268 citizens. English is the language commonly spoken used by the people in U.S. Virgin Islands. This country shares no land borders with another country.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is an unincorporated organized territory of the United States of America between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico. Getting around any of the Virgin Islands is fairly easy. All of the islands have bus service and/or a regulated taxi service. Upon docking at Cruz Bay, taxis, rental cars, and scooters are available.

Impressions from the Virgin Islander capital

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Popular Destinations in U.S. Virgin Islands

Administrative regions of U.S. Virgin Islands

About the country

The landscape is mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little flat land. The average density of population is about 56 per km². The climate in U.S. Virgin Islands can be described as subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation with rainy season September to November. Potential threats by nature are frequent and severe droughts and floods, occasional earthquakes and several hurricanes in recent years.

To reach someone U.S. Virgin Islands dial +1-340 prior to a number. The local cellular networks are operated on 850 MHz, 1900 MHz. Websites typically end with the top level domain ".vi". If you want to bring electric appliances (e.g. battery chaarger), keep in min the local 110 V - 60 Hz (plugs: A, B). The sign for the locally used currency Dollar is USD.

White field with a modified US coat of arms in the center between the large blue initials V and I; the coat of arms shows a yellow eagle holding an olive branch in its right talon and three arrows in the left with a superimposed shield of seven red and six white vertical stripes below a blue panel; white is a symbol of purity, the letters stand for the Virgin Islands.

Flag of U.S. Virgin Islands

The Danes secured control over the southern Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix during the 17th and early 18th centuries. Sugarcane, produced by African slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish holdings, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848. On 6 September 2017, Hurricane Irma passed over the northern Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John and inflicted severe damage to structures, roads, the airport on Saint Thomas, communications, and electricity. Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Maria passed over the island of Saint Croix in the southern Virgin Islands inflicting considerable damage with heavy winds and flooding rains.

Geography

Area
Total (World Rank: 182) 1,910sq km
Land (World Rank: 201) 346sq km
Water (World Rank: 96) 1,564sq km
Forest (World Rank: 151) 5.70%
Comparative twice the size of Washington, DC
Coastline
188
Elevation
Highest point (World Rank: 194) 474m
Agricultural land
Total (World Rank: 185) 11.50%
Arable (World Rank: 168) 2.90%
Permanent crops (World Rank: 75) 2.90%
Permanent pastures (World Rank: 151) 5.70%
Irrigated land (World Rank: 179) 1sq km
Map reference
Central America and the Caribbean
Environment
Issues lack of natural freshwater resources
Hazzards
  • - frequent and severe droughts and floods
  • - occasional earthquakes
  • - several hurricanes in recent years
Location
Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
Climate
subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November
Terrain
mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little flat land

People

Population
Total (World Rank: 190) 107,268
Deathrate (World Rank: 96) 0.78%
Birthrate (World Rank: 152) 1.28%
Growthrate (World Rank: 211) -0.30%
Migration rate (World Rank: 169) -0.75%
Fertility rate (World Rank: 107) 2.08%
Median age
Male (World Rank: 4) 45.90
Female (World Rank: 12) 45.30
Age structure
0 14 male (World Rank: 192) 11,220
0 14 female (World Rank: 194) 10,671
15 24 male (World Rank: 197) 5,853
15 24 female (World Rank: 196) 6,154
25 54 male (World Rank: 195) 18,587
25 54 female (World Rank: 192) 21,182
55 64 male (World Rank: 186) 6,967
55 64 female (World Rank: 185) 7,812
65 x male (World Rank: 181) 8,618
65 x female (World Rank: 180) 10,204
Health
Infant mortality rate (World Rank: 162) 0.65%
Life expectancy total (World Rank: 41) 80years
Life expectancy female (World Rank: 36) 83years
Life expectancy male (World Rank: 45) 77years
Sanitation access total (World Rank: 61) 96.40%
Drinking water access (World Rank: 37) 100.00%

Energy

Electricity
Production (World Rank: 155) 700,000,000kWh
Consumption (World Rank: 166) 600,000,000kWh
Source fossil (World Rank: 15) 100.00%
Refined products
Consumption (World Rank: 76) 111,500bbl / day
Import (World Rank: 52) 119,000bbl / day
Carbon footprint
9400000

Economy

Gdp
Purchasing power parity (World Rank: 178) 3,792,000,000USD
Real growth rate (World Rank: 210) -5.40%
Per capita purchasing power parity (World Rank: 51) 36,100USD
Source agriculture (World Rank: 175) 2.00%
Source industry (World Rank: 153) 20.00%
Source service (World Rank: 31) 78.00%
Labourforce
Total (World Rank: 191) 50,580
In poverty (World Rank: 69) 28.90%
Products
Industries
  • - construction
  • - electronics
  • - pharmaceuticals
  • - rum distilling
  • - tourism
  • - watch assembly
Agriculture
  • - fruit
  • - Senepol cattle
  • - sorghum
  • - vegetables
Exports rum
Imports
  • - building materials
  • - consumer goods
  • - foodstuffs

Nation

Budget
Surplus (World Rank: 170) -7% of GDP
Adjective
Virgin Islander
Noun
Virgin Islander(s) (US citizens)
Background
The Danes secured control over the southern Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix during the 17th and early 18th centuries. Sugarcane, produced by African slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish holdings, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848. On 6 September 2017, Hurricane Irma passed over the northern Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John and inflicted severe damage to structures, roads, the airport on Saint Thomas, communications, and electricity. Less than two weeks later, Hurricane Maria passed over the island of Saint Croix in the southern Virgin Islands inflicting considerable damage with heavy winds and flooding rains.
Flag description
white field with a modified US coat of arms in the center between the large blue initials V and I; the coat of arms shows a yellow eagle holding an olive branch in its right talon and three arrows in the left with a superimposed shield of seven red and six white vertical stripes below a blue panel; white is a symbol of purity, the letters stand for the Virgin Islands

Communication

Phone
Landline total (World Rank: 145) 76,000
Landline per 100 (World Rank: 5) 73.00
Assessment 0
Internet
Users (World Rank: 187) 57,000
Population (World Rank: 107) 54.80%

Transport

Air
Airports paved (World Rank: 186) 2.00
Road
Total length (World Rank: 180) 1,260