Districts of the United States Virgin Islands

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Updates: 

I added the 2010 census figures.

Country overview: 

Short nameVIRGIN ISLANDS, U.S.
ISO codeVI
FIPS codeVQ
LanguageEnglish (en)
Time zone-4
CapitalCharlotte Amalie

 

The Danish West Indies were purchased from Denmark on 1917-01-25, and became an unincorporated territory of the United States, and so they remain now.

Other names of country: 

  1. Dutch: Amerikaanse Maagdeneilanden
  2. English: Virgin Islands of the United States (formal), Danish West Indies (obsolete)
  3. French: Îles Vierges américaines, Îles fp Vierges des États-Unis mp
  4. German: Amerikanische Jungferninseln
  5. Icelandic: Jómfrúreyjar
  6. Italian: Isole fp Vergini Americane, Isole Vergini Statunitensi
  7. Portuguese: Ilhas fp Virgens Americanas
  8. Russian: Американские Виргинские острова, Виргинские острова Соединенных Штатов Америки (variant)
  9. Spanish: Islas Vírgenes Americanas, Islas fp Vírgenes de los Estados mp Unidos
  10. Turkish: Amerikan Virgin Adaları

Origin of name: 

discovered by Columbus and named Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Virgenes: Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins

Primary subdivisions: 

U.S. Virgin Islands is divided into three census enumeration districts, corresponding to the main islands, and having no administrative significance.

DistrictHASCFIPSPopulationArea(km.²)Area(mi.²)ZIP
Saint CroixVI.SC01050,601218842,4,5
Saint JohnVI.SJ0204,17052203
Saint ThomasVI.ST03051,63473280
3 districts106,405343132
  • HASC: Hierarchical administrative subdivision codes.
  • FIPS: Three-digit county codes from FIPS PUB 55-2.
    When prefixed with 78, which is the two-digit state code
    for Virgin Islands from FIPS PUB 5-2, they form a
    five-digit county code (e.g. 78010 for Saint Croix) which
    is unique within the United States. As a state-level
    division of the United States, the Virgin Islands has 78
    as a State Numeric Code and VI as a State Alpha
    Code, according to Table 2 of FIPS PUB 5-2.
  • Population: 2010-04-01 census.
  • ZIP: Fourth digit of postal code.

Postal codes: 

U.S. Virgin Islands uses five-digit postal codes from the U.S. system. They all begin with 008. The district is determined by the fourth digit.

Further subdivisions:

See the Subdistricts of the United States Virgin Islands page.

The islands are divided into cities and rural districts.

Territorial extent: 

  1. The Virgin Islands consist of the three main islands named above, and numerous adjacent islets.
  2. Saint Croix includes Buck Island and Green Cay.
  3. Saint John includes islands east of Pillsbury Sound and south of The Narrows, which separates it from the British Virgin Islands. The largest adjacent island is Lovango Cay.
  4. Saint Thomas includes islands west of Pillsbury Sound. Some of the larger adjacent islands are the Hans Lollik Islands, Water, Brass, Savana, and Thatch Cay.

Change history: 

  1. 1921: Name of capital changed from Charlotte Amalie to Saint Thomas.
  2. 1936-06-22: Organic Act set up two municipalities: Saint Croix, and Saint Thomas and Saint John. Name of capital changed back to Charlotte Amalie.
  3. 1954-07-22: New Organic Act passed, abolishing the municipalities in favor of a central administration.

Population history:

Island19111917193019401950196019701980199020002010
Saint Croix15,46714,90111,41312,90212,10314,97331,89249,01350,13953,23450,601
Saint John9419597657227499251,7432,3603,5044,1974,170
Saint Thomas10,67810,1919,83411,26513,81316,20129,56544,21848,16651,18151,634
Totals27,08626,05122,01224,88926,66532,09963,20095,591101,809108,612106,405

Sources: 

  1. [1] 2010 Census Island Areas , United States Census Bureau (retrieved 2013-07-23).
  2. [2] Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930. Vol. I, Population. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1931.
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