Demographics of the British Virgin Islands
This article is about the demographic features of the population of the British Virgin Islands, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and various other aspects.
A July 2009 estimate placed the population of the British Virgin Islands at 24,491. As of 2003, 21.9% of the population was under 15 (male 2,401; female 2,358), 73.1% between 15 and 64 (male 8,181; female 7,709), and 5% over 64 (male 578; female 503). The population growth rate was 1.837% in 2009: the birth rate was 15/1000 (an increase from 14.62/1000 in 2000), the death rate was 4.46/1000 (compared to 4.37/1000 in 2000), and the net migration rate was 10.45/1000 (versus 8.13/1000 in 2000). 40% of the total population lived in urban areas, with an estimated 1.7% annual rate of urbanization. The average woman produced 1.71 children.
As of 2009, the infant mortality rate in the British Virgin Islands was 14.65/1000 births (16.61/1000 for females and 12.58/1000 for males). Life expectancy at birth was 77.26 years: 76.03 years for males and 78.55 years for females.
Ethnicity and religion
The population of the British Virgin Islands comprised the following ethnicities in the 2004 census: Black 83.4%, White 7%, Other 9.6% (Includes Indian and mixed).
The majority of the islanders are Christian (84%), with the largest Christian denominations being Methodist (23%), Anglican (12%), Church of God (11%) and Catholic(9%). The two largest non-Christian religions are Hinduism (2%) and Islam (1%). According to estimates of the Word Religion Database 2005 the share of Muslims is 1.2%.
|Church of God||11.4||9.2|
|Seventh Day Adventist||8.4||6.3|
The official language of the British Virgin Islands is English. As of 1991, 97.8% of people aged 15 and over could read and write. Education expenditures represented 3.7% of total GDP as of 2006.
- "National Population Census Report 2001 - The British Virgin Islands" (pdf). Caribbean Community Secretariat. 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- cited in "Mapping the Global Muslim Population" (pdf). Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-07.