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People, Languages & Religions in US Virgin Islands
 
 
 

People

As of the census of 2000, there were 108,612 people, 40,648 households, and 26,636 families residing in the US Virgin Islands. The racial make-up of the territory was 76.19% Black or African Descent, 13.09% White, 7.23% from other races, and 3.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.99% of the population.

Most Virgin Islanders descend from African slaves, who were brought to the Caribbean by Europeans to work on sugar plantations. Most of the residents were born in the islands, although many immigrated to the Virgin Islands (both UK and US) from other islands in the West Indies, the United States and other countries.

Languages

The official language is English, although Virgin Islands Creole, an English-based dialect, is spoken in informal situations. The Virgin Islands Creole spoken on St. Croix, known as Crucian, is slightly different from that spoken on St. Thomas and St. John. Because the US Virgin Islands is home to thousands of immigrants from across the Caribbean, Spanish and various French Creole languages are also widely spoken.

Religions

As in most Caribbean countries, Christianity is the dominant religion in the US Virgin Islands. In a reflection of the territory's Danish colonial heritage, Protestantism is most prevalent. There is also a strong Roman Catholic presence due to the large Hispanic population as well as Irish influence during the Danish colonial era.

 

 
 

 



 


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