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Capital: Charlotte Amalie
Population: 109,666 (July 2011 estimate) (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Charlotte Amalie
Gross Domestic Product (GDP):
How Virgin Islands got its name:
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Virgin Islands State Symbols
State Nickname: The American Paradise
State Slogan: none
State Motto: United in Pride and Hope
State flower: Yellow Elder
State bird: Yellow Breast
State tree: none
Becoming a State
Date admitted: NA
Number admitted: NA
Prior Name: NA
Postal Abbreviation: VI
The Geography of Virgin Islands
Total Size: 1,910 sq. miles
Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Crown Mtn. at 1,556 feet, located in the county/subdivision of St. Thomas Island (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 2 Districts
Bodies of Water:
- The US Virgin Islands is not a state, but is an 'insular area' of the United States. An insular area is like a territory that is an island.
- In Denmark, the US Virgin Islands are referred to as The Former Danish West Indian Islands.
- The National Anthem is the Virgin Islands March.
- Nicknames for the islands are 'Rock City' for St. Thomas, 'Love City' for St. John, and 'Twin City' for St. Croix.
- Road traffic on the Virgin Islands is on the left hand side of the road.
- Columbus visited the islands in 1493. Over the next 50 years the entire native population had died out.
- Sugar cane was an important crop for many years.
- The USA purchased the islands from Denmark for $25 million.
- The official language is English.
- Tourism is the main industry on the islands. Over 2 million people visit them each year.
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