If you lived in Virgin Islands instead of United States, you would:


make 38.5% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $60,200 as of 2020, while in Virgin Islands, the GDP per capita is $37,000 as of 2016.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed

In United States, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2018. In Virgin Islands, that number is 10.4% as of 2017.

be 91.4% more likely to live below the poverty line

In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Virgin Islands, however, that number is 28.9% as of 2002.


be 48.0% more likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.2 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Virgin Islands, on the other hand, 7.7 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 29.7% less likely to have internet access

In United States, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Virgin Islands, about 64.0% do as of 2019.


see 99.1% less coastline

United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Virgin Islands, that number is 188 km.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

Virgin Islands: At a glance

Virgin Islands (sometimes abbreviated USVI) is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 346 sq km. The Danes secured control over the southern Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas, Saint John, and Saint Croix during the 17th and early 18th centuries. Sugarcane, produced by African slave labor, drove the islands' economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the US purchased the Danish holdings, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.
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