The Virgin Islands are a western island group of the Leeward Islands located in the Lesser Antilles on the border of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The eastern islands create the British Virgin Islands while the western islands make up the Virgin Islands of the United States. The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Saint John, Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, the smaller Water Island, and surrounding small islands. The small country has a population density of 310 per square kilometer (804/sq mi), which ranks 42nd in the world. The capital and largest city is Charlotte Amalie on Saint Thomas with an estimated population of 19,000. The British Virgin Islands include Tortola (24,000), Anegada (200), Virgin Gorda (3,000) and Jost Van Dyke (300). The largest city and capital is Road Town, with a population of around 9,000.
Virgin Islands Demographics
76% of the population of the U.S. Virgin Islands are Afro-Caribbean (black), while 15.6% are white, 1.4% are Asian and 2.1% are mixed or some other ethnicity. Hispanic or Latino of any race account for 17.4% of the population (10.3% Puerto Rican, 5.4% Dominican). Most of the inhabitants today are descended from Africans who were enslaved and brought to the islands by Europeans to work on plantations.
The majority of the population on the British Virgin Island are Afro-Caribbean (83%) and are also descended from slaves. Europeans (mostly British) account for 7% of the population. The remaining 9.5% is comprised of Black/Carib mixed, Carib/Amerindian, Indian and mixed-race Hispanic people. About 4% of the population is Hispanic.