Religion in the United States Virgin Islands

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Religions: in the United States Virgin Islands (2010)[1]

  Protestant (65.5%)
  Roman Catholic (27.1%)
  Other Christian (1.8%)
  Unaffiliated (3.7%)
  Other religion (1.9%)

Religion in the United States Virgin Islands is varied. Only 7% of the religious population is non-Christian. [2]

Christianity[edit]

As in most Caribbean countries, Christianity is the dominant religion in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Protestantism is most prevalent, reflecting the territory's Danish colonial heritage. There is also a strong Roman Catholic presence. Protestants makes up 59% (Baptist 42%, Episcopalian 17%) of the total religious population on the islands. Roman Catholics are 34% of the religious population[2]

See also: Episcopal Diocese of the Virgin Islands and Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Thomas

Judaism[edit]

There are some Jews living in the Islands.[3] The St. Thomas Synagogue built in 1833, is the second-oldest synagogue (building) and longest in continuous use now under the American flag. The synagogue is associated with the Reform Judaism movement. There is also a synagogue Temple B'nai Or at Hermon Hill on St. Croix close to Christiansted.

Hinduism[edit]

Islam[edit]

There is an Islamic school based in St. Croix, known as Iqra academy.

Buddhism[edit]

There is a Buddhist temple located on the island of St. Thomas and more.[4]

Rastafarianism[edit]

As in most of the Caribbean, various forms of Rastafari are practiced on the island.

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