Demographics of the United States Virgin Islands

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This article is about the demographic features of the population of the United States Virgin Islands, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Census population and average annual growth rate
Year Pop. ±%
1901 30,527 —    
1911 27,086 −11.3%
1917 26,051 −3.8%
1930 22,012 −15.5%
1940 24,889 +13.1%
1950 26,665 +7.1%
1960 32,099 +20.4%
1970 62,468 +94.6%
1980 96,569 +54.6%
1990 101,809 +5.4%
2000 108,612 +6.7%
2010 106,405 −2.0%
Source:[1]

Population[edit]

The population of the US Virgin Islands is 106,405 (2010 census[2]). 20.8% of the population is under 15 (male 11,279/female 10,855), 65.7% between 15 and 64 (male 32,976/female 36,907), and 13.5% over 64 (male 6,612/female 7,776) (2010 census[3]). The median age is 39.2 years (38.5 for males, 39.7 for females) (2010 census[4]).

Vital statistics[5][6][edit]

Average population (x 1000) Live births Deaths Natural change Crude birth rate (per 1000) Crude death rate (per 1000) Natural change (per 1000)
1932 23 553 454 99 24.0 19.7 4.3
1933 23 578 481 97 25.1 20.9 4.2
1934 23 657 419 238 28.6 18.2 10.3
1935 24 656 492 164 27.3 20.5 6.8
1936 24 664 471 193 27.7 19.6 8.0
1937 24 725 498 227 30.2 20.8 9.5
1938 24 703 488 215 29.3 20.3 9.0
1939 25 787 460 327 31.5 18.4 13.1
1940 25 756 553 203 30.2 22.1 8.1
1941 26 829 468 361 31.9 18.0 13.9
1942 26 889 483 406 34.2 18.6 15.6
1943 27 931 389 542 34.5 14.4 20.1
1944 27 1 059 402 657 39.2 14.9 24.3
1945 27 984 401 583 36.4 14.9 21.6
1946 27 917 408 509 34.0 15.1 18.9
1947 27 876 394 482 32.4 14.6 17.9
1948 27 826 340 486 30.6 12.6 18.0
1949 27 886 362 524 32.8 13.4 19.4
1950 27 894 374 520 33.4 14.0 19.4
1951 27 953 375 578 34.9 13.7 21.2
1952 28 862 346 516 30.8 12.4 18.4
1953 29 871 279 592 30.4 9.8 20.7
1954 29 879 301 578 30.2 10.3 19.9
1955 29 913 311 602 31.1 10.6 20.5
1956 29 977 354 623 33.1 12.0 21.1
1957 30 1 038 324 714 35.0 10.9 24.1
1958 30 1 129 340 789 37.6 11.3 26.3
1959 31 1 107 320 787 35.8 10.3 25.4
1960 33 1 180 332 848 36.2 10.2 26.0
1961 35 1 193 326 867 33.9 9.3 24.6
1962 39 1 375 321 1 054 35.7 8.3 27.4
1963 42 1 513 383 1 130 35.8 9.1 26.7
1964 46 1 762 343 1 419 38.2 7.4 30.8
1965 50 1 998 416 1 582 40.3 8.4 31.9
1966 53 1 956 388 1 568 37.2 7.4 29.8
1967 55 2 272 373 1 899 41.1 6.7 34.4
1968 58 2 350 474 1 876 40.6 8.2 32.4
1969 61 2 529 476 2 053 41.7 7.8 33.8
1970 64 2 920 469 2 451 45.6 7.3 38.3
1971 68 2 909 538 2 371 42.7 7.9 34.8
1972 73 2 881 539 2 342 39.7 7.4 32.3
1973 77 2 667 496 2 171 34.5 6.4 28.1
1974 82 2 584 485 2 099 31.6 5.9 25.7
1975 86 2 561 477 2 084 29.9 5.6 24.3
1976 89 2 530 512 2 018 28.4 5.7 22.6
1977 92 2 513 408 2 105 27.3 4.4 22.9
1978 94 2 524 504 2 020 26.7 5.3 21.4
1979 96 2 389 500 1 889 24.8 5.2 19.6
1980 98 2 504 500 2 004 25.4 5.1 20.4
1981 100 2 442 548 1 894 24.4 5.5 18.9
1982 102 2 509 522 1 987 24.6 5.1 19.5
1983 103 2 600 506 2 094 25.2 4.9 20.3
1984 104 2 452 507 1 945 23.5 4.9 18.7
1985 105 2 402 547 1 855 22.9 5.2 17.7
1986 105 2 288 508 1 780 21.9 4.9 17.0
1987 104 2 375 558 1 817 22.8 5.3 17.4
1988 104 2 315 549 1 766 22.3 5.3 17.0
1989 103 2 418 548 1 870 23.4 5.3 18.1
1990 103 2 401 511 1 890 23.3 4.9 18.3
1991 104 2 511 538 1 973 24.2 5.2 19.0
1992 104 2 613 539 2 074 25.0 5.2 19.9
1993 105 2 529 569 1 960 24.0 5.4 18.6
1994 106 2 468 595 1 873 23.2 5.6 17.6
1995 107 2 170 661 1 509 20.3 6.2 14.1
1996 108 2 001 558 1 443 18.6 5.2 13.4
1997 108 2 124 607 1 517 19.7 5.6 14.0
1998 108 1 913 615 1 298 17.7 5.7 12.0
1999 108 1 671 659 1 012 15.4 6.1 9.3
2000 109 1 564 641 923 14.4 5.9 8.5
2001 109 1 668 617 1 051 15.4 5.7 9.7
2002 108 1 634 617 1 017 15.1 5.7 9.4
2003 108 1 610 615 995 14.9 5.7 9.2
2004 108 1 672 628 1 044 15.5 5.8 9.7
2005 108 1 686 674 1 012 15.6 6.3 9.4
2006 107 1 687 624 1 063 15.7 5.8 9.9
2007 107 1 697 703 994 15.8 6.6 9.3
2008 107 1 784 749 1 035 16.7 7.0 9.7
2009 107 1 687 675 1 012 15.8 6.3 9.5
2010 106 1 600 715 885 15.0 6.7 8.3
2011 106 1 491 14.0
2012 106 1 415 13.3

Health[edit]

The infant mortality rate as of 2010 is 7.4 deaths/1,000 live births: 8.14 deaths/1,000 live births for males and 6.63 deaths/1,000 live births for females. At birth, life expectancy is 79.61 years (76.57 for males, 82.83 for females or girls).

Ethnicity and religion[edit]

As of the 2010 census,[7] the population comprised the following ethnic groups:

Black or African American 76.0%
White 16.6%
Asian 1.4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander <0.1%
Some Other Race 4.5%
Two or More Races 2.8%

Additionally, 17.4% of the population are identified as Hispanic or Latino.[8]

By place of birth:[9]

U.S. Virgin Islands 46.7%
St. Croix 23.8%
St. Thomas 22.5%
St. John 0.4%
Latin America and the Caribbean 34.7%
St. Kitts and Nevis 5.6%
Dominica 5.0%
Dominican Republic 4.2%
Antigua and Barbuda 3.7%
Puerto Rico 3.3%
St. Lucia 3.3%
British Virgin Islands 1.9%
Trinidad and Tobago 1.6%
Haiti 1.6%
Anguilla 0.8%
Jamaica 0.5%
Other Latin American and the Caribbean 3.1%
United States 15.8%
Asia 1.4%
Europe 0.9%
Other 0.4%

In terms of religion:[10]

Baptist 42%
Roman Catholic 34% (see Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Thomas)
Episcopalian 17%
other 7%

Language[edit]

As of the 2010 census,[11] languages spoken in the US Virgin Islands were:

English only 71.6%
Spanish or Spanish Creole 17.2%
French and French Creole 8.6%
Other 2.5%

References[edit]