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Virgin Islands, U.S. Facts & Figures

Flag of Virgin Islands, U.S.
Total area: 136 sq mi (352 sq km)
Population (2006 est.): 108,605
Capital: Charlotte Amalie (on St. Thomas) - 18,914
Languages: English (official), Spanish, French
Religions: Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%
Currency: U.S. dollar
Time zone: GMT-4, DST is not observed
Electricity: AC 120V/60Hz, American plugs are used

The United States Virgin Islands are part of the of the Virgin Islands archipelago in the Lesser Antilles and are located about 140 km (90 miles) east of Puerto Rico and just west of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The U.S. Virgin Islands are a United States territory with the capital Charlotte Amalie, located on the island of Saint Thomas. Other three major islands belonging to this territory are Saint Croix, Saint John, and Water Island. Most of the islands are of volcanic origin and are characterized by a hilly terrain with the highest point Crown Mountain on St. Thomas, at 474 m (1,555 feet).

The U.S. Virgin Islands are a very popular tourist destination in the Caribbean. About 70% of the population of U.S. Virgin Islands works in the tourism industry, which is the main source of the revenue. The islands are known for beautiful, pristine beaches, warm and crystal clear waters and very multicultural and diverse population. Another attraction of the islands are great shopping opportunities - for travelers from the mainland United States, all goods purchased in the Virgin Islands qualify as duty free.

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