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Census: USVI Population Down Since 2000
By Bill Kossler — August 24, 2011

The U.S. Virgin Islands' population shrank slightly over the past decade, according to official 2010 U.S. Census data released Wednesday.

As of April, 2010 the total population of the territory was 106,405, according to the Census. This is a little less than a two percent decline from the 2000 census count of 108,612.

St. Croix's population showed the largest change, decreasing two percent to 50,601 as of last April, down from 53,234 in 2000. Within St. Croix, Frederiksted decreased from 3,767 to 3,091 - a whopping 17.9 percent drop. The north central census subdistrict, encompassing Calquhoun, Glynn and points north to the seashore, declined 13.6 percent from 5,760 to 4,977.

St. Thomas actually increased by a hair less than one percent, from 51,181 to 51,634. Water Island, the north side of the island, and the eastern and western parts of the island all saw growth, while Tutu and Charlotte Amalie saw declines.

St. John decreased by 27 individuals, from 4,197 in 2000 to 4,170 as of April 2010.

The Census Bureau has also released digital files of large scale block maps of the territory, down to the census block level, for every state and territory, including the USVI. Professionals and others with geographic information system software can also download specialized relational mapping files called TIGER/Line Shapefiles.

The Census released information on all the island territories today, except for Puerto Rico, which was released earlier.

Guam increased from 154,805 to 159,358. American Samoa decreased from 57,291 to 55,519. The Northern Mariana Islands decreased sharply from 69,221 to 53,883.

Wednesday's releases showed just overall population figures. Next year, the Census Bureau will release basic demographic, social, economic and housing data, according to the bureau's statement.

Posted : August 25, 2011 3:49 pm
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They didn't count anyone in my neighborhood, maybe like 15 people. No one ever came to pick up the forms

Posted : August 25, 2011 3:51 pm
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I do not believe it a bit. I am with Bombi, although we did give our form to someone, they said they weren't in charge of our area. They had no idea who was. And how many people flat out refused to answer the questions? The entire process was rife with serious problems.

Posted : August 25, 2011 4:12 pm
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I believe it. Kids go off to college and don't come back or just leave island for better job opportunities. Transplants generally leave after a year or two. If most of the youth leave island and only a portion of transplants stay, how could are population be growing?

Posted : August 25, 2011 4:21 pm
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Lots of babies being born.

I remember when the census was being taken, we had a thread about it. General consensus of opinion was it was very disorganized and not going to be accurate or reflective of actual numbers.

Posted : August 25, 2011 4:24 pm
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I think we've lost even more on STX this year. I've seen a lot of Hovensa related people leave.

Posted : August 25, 2011 6:27 pm
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There's always a lot of babies being born on this island, doesn't mean they stay. 🙂 It's like where I'm from a small family is 3 or 4 kids.

Posted : August 25, 2011 6:33 pm
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My family wasn't counted.

If most of the youth leave island and only a portion of transplants stay, how could are population be growing?

Because there are always more folks who want to move here.

Posted : August 25, 2011 6:51 pm
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Don't forget to subtract one more from St. Croix - TSA9guy is leaving as soon as he can.

Posted : August 25, 2011 6:56 pm
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Hiya! Just like in the states, much of the population growth is coming from elsewhere. In the 70s, it was from down-island. Now it is from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Those folks don't answer questions from census takers.

Posted : August 25, 2011 7:10 pm
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dntw8up- most new comers don't stay more then a year or two, which may fill in a little. I would look at that number as static at best.

Now dominicans and haitians I'll give ya, but even they will go stateside if they can get there.

There's no way I believe the population is growing, and with a recession, cost of gas, etc you're never going to get me to believe that our population is growing.

Posted : August 25, 2011 7:25 pm
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The results are a load of crock. And here's the kicker, the only area on St. Croix that shows an increase is the East End, where the Continentals are most likely to participate. While the resto of the population decreases. The flaws in these results are so overwhelming! :X

Posted : August 25, 2011 9:08 pm
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The census is such a joke, and a waste of our tax dollars, IMO. Nobody came to my house, and I live on a popular street in a well-known neighborhood.

Until they can provide me with a MAP of the houses they contacted during the previous census (2000) vs the map of the persons that they contacted during this census (2010), I wouldn't trust their data. And, I definitely wouldn't PAY for it like many marketing firms stupidly do.

All that money to tell us what we already know. Population increases in areas that have growing businesses that need to hire, and decreases in areas where business is hurting so people don't have jobs. Survival means you go where the jobs are.

Unfortunately, the "media" here does a poor job of reporting closing businesses, so very few people are aware of what's being lost. Government employees expect raises/retirement regardless of what the economy is like, so they don't see the correlation between government policies vs the economic reality of less money coming in.

Corruption makes everybody think money is going to everybody but them, so everybody feels cheated.

I predict that the loss figures for 2020 will be much higher.

Posted : August 25, 2011 10:04 pm
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