Main page Compare countries Index countries Index fields


Virgin Islands (2001)

Virgin Islands - select year:
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands (2002) (compare)
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands (2003) (compare)
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands (2004) (compare)
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands (2005) (compare)
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands (2006) (compare)
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands (2007) (compare)
Virgin IslandsVirgin Islands (2008) (compare)

Compare with other popular countries

Virgin Islands 2001 year

 Virgin Islands
Administrative divisions none (territory of the US); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are three islands at the second order; Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas
Age structure 0-14 years:
27.27% (male 17,121; female 16,204)

15-64 years:
63.92% (male 35,391; female 42,727)

65 years and over:
8.81% (male 4,638; female 6,130) (2001 est.)
Agriculture - products fruit, vegetables, sorghum; Senepol cattle
Airports 2

international airports on Saint Thomas and Saint Croix (2000 est.)
Airports - with paved runways total:

1,524 to 2,437 m:
2 (2000 est.)
Area total:
352 sq km

349 sq km

3 sq km
Area - comparative twice the size of Washington, DC
Background During the 17th century, the archipelago was divided into two territorial units, one English and the other Danish. Sugarcane, produced by slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish portion, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.
Birth rate 15.9 births/1,000 population (2001 est.)
Budget revenues:
$364.4 million

$364.4 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (1990 est.)
Capital Charlotte Amalie
Climate subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season May to November
Coastline 188 km
Constitution Revised Organic Act of 22 July 1954
Country name conventional long form:
United States Virgin Islands

conventional short form:
Virgin Islands

Danish West Indies
Currency US dollar (USD)
Death rate 5.47 deaths/1,000 population (2001 est.)
Debt - external $NA
Dependency status organized, unincorporated territory of the US with policy relations between the Virgin Islands and the US under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior
Diplomatic representation from the US none (territory of the US)
Diplomatic representation in the US none (territory of the US)
Disputes - international none
Economic aid - recipient $NA
Economy - overview Tourism is the primary economic activity, accounting for more than 70% of GDP and 70% of employment. The islands normally host 2 million visitors a year. The manufacturing sector consists of petroleum refining, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and watch assembly. The agricultural sector is small, with most food being imported. International business and financial services are a small but growing component of the economy. One of the world's largest petroleum refineries is at Saint Croix. The islands are subject to substantial damage from storms. The government is working to improve fiscal discipline, support construction projects in the private sector, expand tourist facilities, and protect the environment.
Electricity - consumption 948.6 million kWh (1999)
Electricity - exports 0 kWh (1999)
Electricity - imports 0 kWh (1999)
Electricity - production 1.02 billion kWh (1999)
Electricity - production by source fossil fuel:



0% (1999)
Elevation extremes lowest point:
Caribbean Sea 0 m

highest point:
Crown Mountain 474 m
Environment - current issues lack of natural freshwater resources
Ethnic groups black 80%, white 15%, other 5%

West Indian (45% born in the Virgin Islands and 29% born elsewhere in the West Indies) 74%, US mainland 13%, Puerto Rican 5%, other 8%
Exchange rates the US dollar is used
Executive branch chief of state:
President George W. BUSH of the US (since 20 January 2001); Vice President Richard B. CHENEY (Since 20 January 2001)

head of government:
Governor Dr. Charles Wesley TURNBULL (since 5 January 1999) and Lieutenant Governor Gererd LUZ James II (since 5 January 1999)


US president and vice president elected on the same ticket for four-year terms; governor and lieutenant governor elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms; election last held 3 November 1998 (next to be held NA November 2002)

election results:
Dr. Charles Wesley TURNBULL elected governor; percent of vote - Dr. Charles W. TURNBULL (Democrat) 58.9%, former Governor Roy L. SCHNEIDER (ICM) 41.1%
Exports 0 kWh (1999)
Exports $NA
Exports - commodities refined petroleum products
Exports - partners US, Puerto Rico
Fiscal year 1 October - 30 September
Flag description white, 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 one talon and three arrows in the other with a superimposed shield of vertical red and white stripes below a blue panel
GDP purchasing power parity - $1.8 billion (2000 est.)
GDP - composition by sector agriculture:


GDP - per capita purchasing power parity - $15,000 (2000 est.)
GDP - real growth rate NA%
Geographic coordinates 18 20 N, 64 50 W
Geography - note important location along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has one of the best natural, deepwater harbors in the Caribbean
Highways total:
856 km

NA km

NA km (2000)
Household income or consumption by percentage share lowest 10%:

highest 10%:
Imports 0 kWh (1999)
Imports $NA
Imports - commodities crude oil, foodstuffs, consumer goods, building materials
Imports - partners US, Puerto Rico
Industrial production growth rate NA%
Industries tourism, petroleum refining, watch assembly, rum distilling, construction, pharmaceuticals, textiles, electronics
Infant mortality rate 9.43 deaths/1,000 live births (2001 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices) NA%
International organization participation ECLAC (associate), Interpol (subbureau), IOC
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 50 (2000)
Irrigated land NA sq km
Judicial branch US District Court of the Virgin Islands (under Third Circuit jurisdiction); Territorial Court (judges appointed by the governor for 10-year terms)
Labor force 47,443 (1990 est.)
Labor force - by occupation agriculture 1%, industry 20%, services 79% (1990 est.)
Land boundaries 0 km
Land use arable land:

permanent crops:

permanent pastures:

forests and woodland:

47% (1993 est.)
Languages English (official), Spanish, Creole
Legal system based on US laws
Legislative branch unicameral Senate (15 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve two-year terms)

last held 7 November 2000 (next to be held NA November 2002)

election results:
percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - Democratic Party 6, ICM 2, independents 7

the Virgin Islands elects one non-voting representative to the US House of Representatives; election last held 7 November 2000 (next to be held NA November 2002); results - Donna M. CHRISTIAN-CHRISTENSON (Democrat) elected
Life expectancy at birth total population:
78.27 years

74.38 years

82.39 years (2001 est.)
Literacy definition:

total population:


Location Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
Map references Central America and the Caribbean
Maritime claims exclusive economic zone:
200 NM

territorial sea:
12 NM
Merchant marine none (2000 est.)
Military - note defense is the responsibility of the US
National holiday Transfer Day (from Denmark to the US), 27 March (1917)
Nationality noun:
Virgin Islander(s)

Virgin Islander
Natural hazards several hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes
Natural resources sun, sand, sea, surf
Net migration rate 0.12 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2001 est.)
Political parties and leaders Democratic Party [Arturo WATLINGTON]; Independent Citizens' Movement or ICM [Usie RICHON]; Republican Party [Gary SCROUVE]
Political pressure groups and leaders NA
Population 122,211 (July 2001 est.)
Population below poverty line NA%
Population growth rate 1.06% (2001 est.)
Ports and harbors Charlotte Amalie, Christiansted, Cruz Bay, Port Alucroix
Radio broadcast stations AM 5, FM 11, shortwave 0 (1998)
Radios 107,000 (1997)
Railways 0 km
Religions Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%
Sex ratio at birth:
1.06 male(s)/female

under 15 years:
1.06 male(s)/female

15-64 years:
0.83 male(s)/female

65 years and over:
0.76 male(s)/female

total population:
0.88 male(s)/female (2001 est.)
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal; note - indigenous inhabitants are US citizens but do not vote in US presidential elections
Telephone system general assessment:

modern, uses fiber-optic cable and microwave radio relay

submarine cable and satellite communications; satellite earth stations - NA
Telephones - main lines in use 62,000 (1997)
Telephones - mobile cellular 2,000 (1992)
Television broadcast stations 2 (1997)
Terrain mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land
Total fertility rate 2.25 children born/woman (2001 est.)
Unemployment rate 4.9% (March 1999)
Waterways none
Sitemap: Compare countries listing (map site) | Country listing (map site)
Links: Add to favorites | Information about this website | Stats | Polityka prywatnosci
This page was generated in ##czas## s. Size this page: ##rozmiar_strony## kB.