Demographics of the British Virgin Islands

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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.

Census population and average annual growth rate
Year Pop. ±%
1901 4,908 —    
1911 5,562 +13.3%
1921 5,082 −8.6%
1946 6,505 +28.0%
1960 7,921 +21.8%
1970 9,672 +22.1%
1980 10,985 +13.6%
1991 16,116 +46.7%
2001 23,161 +43.7%
2011 —    
Source:[1]

Population[edit]

A July 2009 estimate placed the population of the British Virgin Islands at 24,491. In 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). 40% of the total population lived in urban areas, with an estimated 1.7% annual rate of urbanization. In 2014, the average woman produced 1.25 children. The estimated mid-year population of 2014 is 28,600 (medium fertility scenario of The 2012 Revison of the World Population Prospects).[2]

Vital statistics[3][edit]

Average population (x 1000) Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000)
1950 7 227 68 159 30.5 9.1 21.4
1951 8 282 84 198 37.6 11.2 26.4
1952 8 311 70 241 41.1 9.3 31.9
1953 8 318 84 234 41.8 11.0 30.8
1954 8 305 85 220 39.9 11.1 28.8
1955 8 292 74 218 38.0 9.6 28.4
1956 8 317 87 230 41.0 11.3 29.8
1957 8 319 106 213 41.0 13.6 27.4
1958 8 315 93 222 40.1 11.8 28.3
1959 8 306 84 222 38.6 10.6 28.0
1960 8 279 67 212 34.7 8.3 26.4
1961 8 257 79 178 31.5 9.7 21.8
1962 8 277 70 207 33.4 8.4 24.9
1963 8 264 67 197 31.2 7.9 23.3
1964 9 225 75 150 26.1 8.7 17.4
1965 9
1966 9
1967 9 225 70 155 24.4 7.6 16.8
1968 9 288 63 225 30.6 6.7 23.9
1969 10 238 74 164 24.7 7.7 17.0
1970 10 313 67 246 31.9 6.8 25.1
1971 10 297 66 231 29.8 6.6 23.2
1972 10 307 67 240 30.3 6.6 23.7
1973 10 252 71 181 24.6 6.9 17.6
1974 10 247 79 168 23.8 7.6 16.2
1975 10 221 65 156 21.1 6.2 14.9
1976 11 243 62 181 23.0 5.9 17.2
1977 11 206 62 144 19.4 5.9 13.6
1978 11 203 65 138 19.0 6.1 12.9
1979 11 216 63 153 20.0 5.8 14.2
1980 11 272 69 203 24.7 6.3 18.4
1981 11 231 53 178 20.4 4.7 15.7
1982 12 235 67 168 20.1 5.7 14.3
1983 12 281 61 220 23.0 5.0 18.0
1984 13 225 66 159 17.7 5.2 12.5
1985 13 241 65 176 18.1 4.9 13.2
1986 14 213 82 131 15.3 5.9 9.4
1987 15 263 83 180 18.0 5.7 12.3
1988 15 237 59 178 15.5 3.9 11.7
1989 16 244 77 167 15.3 4.8 10.5
1990 16
1991 17 303 77 226 17.9 4.5 13.3
1992 17 290 90 200 16.7 5.2 11.5
1993 18 318 76 242 18.0 4.3 13.7
1994 18 298 105 193 16.5 5.8 10.7
1995 18 287 90 197 15.6 4.9 10.7
1996 19 287 88 199 15.2 4.7 10.6
1997 19 350 97 253 18.2 5.0 13.1
1998 20 278 87 191 14.1 4.4 9.7
1999 20 315 94 221 15.6 4.7 10.9
2000 21 325 91 234 15.7 4.4 11.3
2001 21 314 101 213 14.9 4.8 10.1
2002 22 253 97 156 11.8 4.5 7.2
2003 22 269 104 165 12.2 4.7 7.5
2004 23 316 120 196 14.0 5.3 8.7
2005 23 283 106 177 12.2 4.6 7.6
2006 24 262 79 183 10.9 3.3 7.6
2007 25 279 104 175 11.2 4.2 7.1
2008 26 310 109 201 12.1 4.2 7.8
2009 27
2010 27
2011 28

Health[edit]

In 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[edit]

The population of the British Virgin Islands comprised the following ethnicities at the 2001 census: Black 82.0%, Mixed 5.9%, White 6.8%, East Indian 3.0%.[1]

Religion[edit]

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%).[1] The two largest non-Christian religions are Hinduism (2%) and Islam (1%).[1] According to estimates of the Word Religion Database 2005 the share of Muslims is 1.2%.[4]

Education[edit]

The official language of the British Virgin Islands is English. In 1991, 97.8% of people aged 15 and over could read and write. Education expenditures represented 3.7% of total GDP in 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e [1] National Population Census Report 2001 - The British Virgin Islands.
  2. ^ Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, World Population Prospects: The 2012 Revision
  3. ^ [2] United nations. Demographic Yearbooks
  4. ^ cited in "Mapping the Global Muslim Population" (pdf). Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-07.