U.S. Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands
Situated just east of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands are a U.S. territory that includes the islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. Its population fell by a striking 18 percent over the last decade to 87,000 in 2021—the lowest level since the 1970s. Its economy has been weakened by a series of blows—the closure in 2012 of the Hovensa oil refinery, a major employer; Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, which caused extensive damage and disruptions; and the pandemic in 2020, which devastated its key tourism industry, which is highly dependent on cruise ship visits.
Population 2020Pop growth 2020, 10-year change (%)GDP 2020,
Job growth 2021, 5-year change
Median household income 2020
Median home price 2020
Pop share age 25+ with BA+ 2020
U.S. Virgin Islands87,000-18.14-8.840,408290,55822.3
Puerto Rico*3,286,000-11.8103-2.020,230100,00027.2
United States331,449,0007.420,8941.267,000250,00035.1
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; IPUMS USA-University of Minnesota. Data retrieved through data.census.gov, Moody's Economy.com, or directly from source.
*Neighboring Metros

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