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Virgin Islands of the United States

Location about 40 miles east of Puerto Rico

map of U.S. Virgin Islands

Largest Islands St. Croix (82 sq mi), St. Thomas (27 sq mi), St. John (19 sq mi)
Total Area
133 sq mi
Coastline 117 mi
Highest Point Crown Mountain (St. Thomas); 1,556 ft
Lowest Point Caribbean Sea; sea level
Natural Resources none

Population (July 2015 est) 103,574
Largest Cities Charlotte Amalie, Christiansted, Frederiksted
Ethnic Groups black, white, Asian
Languages English, Spanish Creole, French Creole
Religions Baptist, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian

Capital Charlotte Amalie
Form of Government organized, unincorporated territory of the United States under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior
Chief of State President Donald Trump (since January 20, 2017)
Head of Government Governor
Kenneth Mapp (since January 5, 2015)

Currency U.S. Dollar
Per Capita Income
$14,500
Principal Industries tourism, petroleum refining, rum distilling, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, watch assembly
Agricultural Products
vegetables; beef cattle, chickens, eggs, goats, hogs, milk
Export Commodities rum, refined petroleum products
Import Commodities crude oil, foodstuffs, consumer goods, building materials

First Explored By Christopher Columbus in 1493
First European Settlement
on St. Croix, by Dutch and English settlers in 1625
Purchased from Denmark
January 17, 1917
Territorial Status Achieved
1927

Flag a white field bearing a golden American eagle with the shield of the United States on its breast; the eagle holds a sprig of green laurel in its right talon, and a bundle of blue arrows in its left talon

flag of U.S. Virgin Islands

SEE ALSO
Puerto Rico
Christopher Columbus

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