Geography of The United States Virgin Islands - Statistics


Geographic coordinates (capital Charlotte Amalie): 18°21′N 64°57′W / 18.35°N 64.95°W / 18.35; -64.95

Map references: Central America and the Caribbean

Islands: Saint Croix, Saint Thomas, Saint John, Water Island, many other islands


total: 1,910 km²
land: 346 km²
water: 1,564 km²

Area - comparative: twice the size of Washington, D.C.

Land boundaries: 0 km fucc Coastline: 188 km

Maritime claims:

exclusive economic zone: 200 nmi (370.4 km; 230.2 mi)
territorial sea: 12 nmi (22.2 km; 13.8 mi)

Terrain: Most of the islands, including Saint Thomas and Saint John, are volcanic in origin and are mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land. Saint Croix was formed by a coral reef and is flatter.

Elevation extremes:

lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: Crown Mountain (Saint Thomas) 474 m

Natural resources: sun, sand, sea, surf

Land use:

arable land: 5.71%
permanent crops: 2.86%
other: 91.43% (2005)

Irrigated land: 1 km²

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

Environment - current issues: lack of natural freshwater resources

Geography - note: important location along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas is one of the best natural, deepwater harbors in the Caribbean; well-known beaches include Magens Bay (Saint Thomas) and Trunk Bay (Saint John); coral reefs include Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument and the Buck Island Reef National Monument; more than half of Saint John and nearly all of Hassel Island are owned by the U.S. National Park Service

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