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Virgin Islands Geography 2019

SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES











Virgin Islands Geography 2019
SOURCE: 2019 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK AND OTHER SOURCES


Page last updated on February 08, 2019

Location:
Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico

Geographic coordinates:
18 20 N, 64 50 W

Map references:
Central America and the Caribbean

Area:
total: 1,910 sq km
[see also: Area - total country ranks ]
land: 346 sq km
[see also: Area - land country ranks ]
water: 1,564 sq km
[see also: Area - water country ranks ]
country comparison to the world: 182

Area - comparative:
twice the size of Washington, DC

Land boundaries:
0 km

Coastline:
188 km
[see also: Coastline country ranks ]

Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - territorial sea country ranks ]
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
[see also: Maritime claims - exclusive economic zone country ranks ]

Climate:
subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November

Terrain:
mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little flat land

Elevation:
0 m lowest point: Caribbean Sea
474 highest point: Crown Mountain

Natural resources:
pleasant climate, beaches foster tourism

Land use:
agricultural land: 11.5% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - agricultural land country ranks ]
arable land: 2.9% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - arable land country ranks ]
permanent crops: 2.9% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - permanent crops country ranks ]
permanent pasture: 5.7% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - permanent pasture country ranks ]
forest: 57.4% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - forest country ranks ]
other: 31.1% (2011 est.)
[see also: Land use - other country ranks ]

Irrigated land:
1 sq km (2012)
[see also: Irrigated land country ranks ]

Population distribution:
while overall population density throughout the islands is relatively low, concentrations appear around Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas and Christiansted on St. Croix

Natural hazards:
several hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes

Environment - current issues:
lack of natural freshwater resources; protection of coral reefs; solid waste management; coastal development; increased boating and overfishing

Geography - note:
important location along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the Caribbean


NOTE: 1) The information regarding Virgin Islands on this page is re-published from the 2019 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Virgin Islands Geography 2019 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Virgin Islands Geography 2019 should be addressed to the CIA.
2) The rank that you see is the CIA reported rank, which may habe the following issues:
  a) They assign increasing rank number, alphabetically for countries with the same value of the ranked item, whereas we assign them the same rank.
  b) The CIA sometimes assignes counterintuitive ranks. For example, it assigns unemployment rates in increasing order, whereas we rank them in decreasing order






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