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U.S. Virgin Islands

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  • UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS

    Status: Territory

    Governor: Kenneth Mapp (2015)

    Capital (2010 est.): Charlotte Amalie (on St. Thomas), 18,481

    Land area: 135 sq mi (349 sq km); total area: 136 sq mi (352 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 104,170 (growth rate: –0.56%); birth rate: 10.49/1000; infant mortality rate: 6.79/1000; life expectancy: 79.75; density per sq mi: 804

    Languages: English 74.7%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 16.8%, French or French Creole 6.6%, other 1.9%

    Ethnicity/race: black 76.2%, white 13.1%, Asian 1.1%, other 6.1%, mixed 3.5%

    Religions: Protestant 59% (Baptist 42%, Episcopalian 17%), Roman Catholic 34%, other 7%

    Literacy rate: 90-95% (2005 est.)

    Monetary unit: U.S. dollar

    Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $1.577 billion; per capita $14,500. Real growth rate: 2%. Inflation: 2.2% (2003). Unemployment: 6.2% (2004 est.). Arable land: 2.86%. Agriculture: fruit, vegetables, sorghum; Senepol cattle. Labor force: 49,820 (2007 est.); agriculture 1%, industry 19%, services 80% (2003 est.). Industries: tourism, watch assembly, rum distilling, construction, pharmaceuticals, electronics. Natural resources: sun, sand, sea, surf. Exports: $4.234 billion: refined petroleum products. Imports: $4.609 billion: crude oil, foodstuffs, consumer goods, building materials. Major trading partners: U.S., Puerto Rico (2004).

    Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 75,800 (2010); mobile cellular: 80,300 (2005). Radio broadcast stations: 24 (2009). Radios: 107,000 (1997). Television broadcast stations: 12 (2009). Televisions: 68,000 (1997). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 4,790 (2012). Internet users: 30,000 (2009).

    Transportation: Railways: 0 km. Highways: total: 1,260 km; paved: n.a. km; unpaved: n.a. km (2008). Ports and harbors: Charlotte Amalie, Christiansted, Cruz Bay, Frederiksted, Limetree Bay. Airports: 2 (2013).

    International disputes: none.

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