US Virgin Islands

U. S. Virgin Islands at a Glance

The U.S. Virgin Islands is an unincorporated territory of the United States, with a local government structure defined by the federal Revised Organic Act of 1954, as amended. Internal political affairs are under the jurisdiction of an elected governor and a 15-member unicameral legislature. In addition to the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Virgin Islands has its own system of local courts, including a Superior Court and Supreme Court.

The people of the U.S. Virgin Islands elect a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. This official can vote in committee, but does not have a vote on legislation in the full House of Representatives.

    U.S. Virgin Islands Workforce

    The U.S. Virgin Islands total labor force of roughly 50,000 people is constantly advancing. Laborers participate in a variety of business sectors, including tourism, manufacturing, maritime, financial services, ecommerce, agriculture and other fields. The U.S. Virgin Islands has developed a progressive educational program that spans all three islands. Regional and international programs at the University of the Virgin Islands provide important training to workers, including those from outside the Territory.

    The U.S. Virgin Islands hosts about 2.6 million visitors a year. Tourism accounts for nearly 60 percent of the gross domestic product, constituting the majority of private sector employment. The workforce is being trained for a diversified economy to service the finance sector and high technology companies. As a U.S. territory, those employed in the U.S. Virgin Islands work under the U.S. tax and currency system as well as labor and immigration rules.

    U.S. Virgin Islands Key Facts

     Location: Eastern Caribbean, 1,100 miles southeast of Miami , Florida
     Total Area: 130 square miles, an area twice the size of Washington , D.C.
     Population: 108,605
     Total Labor Force: 50,627
     Unemployment Rate: 6.1%
     Religion: Baptist 42%, Roman Catholic 34%, Episcopalian 17%, other 7%
     Languages: English 74.7%, Spanish 16.8%, French 6.6%, other 1.9%
     Capital: Charlotte Amalie, located on St. Thomas
     Temperature: Average range of 77 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit

    The Island of St. Croix

    The Island of St. Croix houses the Level 3 and American’s II cable heads and is the location of the RTPark’s e-commerce data center, housed inside the Level 3 landing station.  St. Croix is a relaxing place with a rich history, modern infrastructure and most importantly, offers a competitive business environment.

    Attractive Natural Environment and Quality of Life: White sandy beaches, clear blue skies and temperate waters create a near perfect environment for almost every water sport. The proximity of a myriad of neighboring islands provides the opportunity to explore new cultures.

    United States Jurisdiction: Enables the enforcement of US corporate, intellectual property, investment laws and provides FDIC protection on bank deposits.

    Corporate Tax Incentives and Exemptions: A globally competitive operating environment that is bolstered by an unprecedented waiver of local and federal income taxes.

    Geographically Near-Shore to the United States: Daily flights connect with major mainland cities.

    Top-Tier Concentration of High-Speed Broad Band Capacity: The broadband capacity is among the highest worldwide coupled with global connectivity.

    A Place for Leisure

       Buck Island Reef National Monument
       Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve
       World-class casino gaming

    A Place for History

      Five hundred years of modern history
      First inhabited by Carib, Arawak, and Tainos
      Christopher Columbus visited on 2nd voyage
      Alexander Hamilton spent formative years Heritage includes English, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, French, American and Knights of Malta

    A Place for Infrastructure

      Second largest concentration of communication fiber in the western hemisphere
      Modern International airport with 10,000 foot runway
      Three modern deep water port facilities
      Up to 118 megawatts per day of electrical can be generated
      Up to 3.6 million gallons of water per day can be desalinated

    A Place for Business

      Cruzan Rum – Most honored rum distillery in the world
      UVI – Most advanced technical training in the Caribbean
      Manufacturing – Industrial parks zoned for wide range of businesses