Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands

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Christiansted , Virgin Islands (U.S.A)
Town
Town of Christiansted
Country United States United States
Territory United States Virgin Islands Virgin Islands
County County of Saint Croix
Established September 1, 1734
Population (2004)
 • Total 3,000

Christiansted is a town on Saint Croix, one of the main islands comprising the United States Virgin Islands, a territory of the United States of America. It is a former capital of the Danish West Indies and home to the Christiansted National Historic Site. Christiansted as of 2004, has a population of about 3,000, The 2000 census population of the town was 2,637; that of the larger sub-district was 2,865 [1].Christiansted has preserved the 18th-century Danish-style buildings constructed by African slaves. Solid stone buildings in pastel colors with bright red tile roofs line the cobblestone sidewalks, adding a touch of 18th-century European architectural style. Because the town was constructed by African slaves, there are many African influences in Christiansted's design as well, making it one of the few "African-Danish" towns in the world. The town's symmetry, with streets running at right angles to the waterfront, makes it popular for walking tours. The commercial area centers on King and Company streets, adjacent to the Christiansted National Historic Site. The residential area, including portions that were originally settlements for free blacks, extends inland and uphill from the commercial area.

The town has several small hotels and many restaurants. Several scuba shops operate in the town, as the wharf has easy access to many diving attractions on the north side of the island. A small point of interest is Protestant Cay, a cay near Christiansted.

The botanist Julius von Röhr started a botanic garden in Christiansted in the 18th century and produced a number of landscapes of the island.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Christiansted Henry E Rohlsen International Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 92
(33)
93
(34)
92
(33)
93
(34)
94
(34)
97
(36)
94
(34)
95
(35)
95
(35)
98
(37)
93
(34)
92
(33)
98
(37)
Average high °F (°C) 84.0
(28.9)
84.1
(28.9)
84.7
(29.3)
85.5
(29.7)
86.4
(30.2)
87.9
(31.1)
88.6
(31.4)
89.1
(31.7)
88.7
(31.5)
87.9
(31.1)
86.2
(30.1)
84.7
(29.3)
86.5
(30.3)
Average low °F (°C) 72.3
(22.4)
72.2
(22.3)
72.7
(22.6)
74.4
(23.6)
76.4
(24.7)
78.0
(25.6)
78.4
(25.8)
78.6
(25.9)
77.5
(25.3)
76.6
(24.8)
75.1
(23.9)
73.5
(23.1)
75.5
(24.2)
Record low °F (°C) 59
(15)
61
(16)
60
(16)
57
(14)
63
(17)
45
(7)
64
(18)
63
(17)
58
(14)
65
(18)
52
(11)
61
(16)
45
(7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.10
(53.3)
1.62
(41.1)
1.48
(37.6)
2.06
(52.3)
3.98
(101.1)
2.15
(54.6)
3.04
(77.2)
3.14
(79.8)
4.33
(110)
4.94
(125.5)
5.83
(148.1)
2.93
(74.4)
37.60
(955)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 15.8 13.0 11.6 10.1 12.1 11.1 16.5 15.2 14.3 16.5 15.6 17.2 168.9
Source: NOAA (normals 1981−2010)[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  • Lonely Planet's Cities Book: A Journey Through the Best Cities in the World p. 159.

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Coordinates: 17°45′N 64°45′W / 17.750°N 64.750°W / 17.750; -64.750