interesting facts about US Virgin Islands

22 Vibrant Facts about US Virgin Islands

Looking to boost your knowledge of the Caribbean and win that pub quiz? Make a start with these 22 super interesting facts about the US Virgin Islands!

  1. The US Virgin Islands is a group of 50 tropical islands, islets and cays in the Caribbean Sea.
  2. It is bordered by British Virgin Islands to the north east, Anguilla and St. Kitts and Nevis to the east, Venezuela to the south and Puerto Rico to the west.
  3. The international dialling code for US Virgin Islands is +1340
  4. The coordinates for USVI are 18.3500° N, 64.9333°
  5. The striking terrain here is mostly mountainous with rugged hills.
  6. The total land area of U.S. Virgin Islands is 133.7 square miles (346.4 square kilometres).
  7. US Virgin Islands’ population was 107,268 in 2017.
  8. The USVI is made up of 4 larger islands – St John, St Thomas, St Croix and Water Island.
  9. St John is the smallest of the larger islands and is home to the Virgin Islands National Park and covers half the island. In 1956, the American businessman Laurance Rockefeller donated his extensive lands on the island to the US’ National Park Service, under the condition that the lands had to be protected from future development.
  10. Water Island was bought from Denmark by the USA in 1917.
  11. You might find this hard to believe, but residents here are known as ‘Virgin Islanders’!
  12. The capital is Charlotte Amalie, located on St Thomas and covers an area of 1.2 square miles (3.14 square kilometres) and has a population of 10,354 (2010).
  13. The average life span here is 79.27 sun-kissed years (2016).
  14. Despite being governed by the USA, cars in the U.S. Virgin Islands drive on the left side of the road – nice and easy if you’re coming from the UK!
  15. National music of U.S. Virgin Islands is called Quelbe; it is a type of folk music and the instruments include washboards and gourds.
  16. Mongoose thrive upon US. Virgin Islands’ They were originally brought in to kill rats on the islands, however, instead of a rat problem, residents now have a mongoose problem!
  17. The residents of US. Virgin Islands enjoy a subtropical climate with relatively low humidity and little temperature variation.
  18. The official language of U.S. Virgin Islands is, as you may expect, English! Virgin Islands Creole, French and Spanish are also spoken, however.
  19. The US Dollar is the official currency, so make sure you stock up to buy your measures of rum!
  20. US Virgin Islands grows vegetables, fruits and sorghum and rear Senepol cattle.
  21. Its industry consists of tourism, rum distilling, watch assembly, electronics, pharmaceuticals and construction.
  22. The islands also export its delicious rum.

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