The US Virgin Islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. The climate is tropical maritime with little seasonal temperature variation. Trade winds keep the islands relatively cool and dry. The official language is English. Spanish, Creole and French are also spoken. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of the Virgin Islands is mainly based on tourism but also has a manufacturing sector consisting of petroleum refining, textiles, electronics, rum distilling, pharmaceuticals, and watch assembly and international business and financial services that while small are a growing component of the economy. Dress is informal on most occasions. Expatriate business dress is generally smart casual. The security risk for expatriates in US Virgin Islands is low. Risks include low levels of petty and opportunistic crime, with some violent crime. St Thomas and St Croix have the highest crime rates, and St John has the lowest. The currency of US Virgin Islands is the US Dollar (USD). Medical facilities are adequate for basic treatment. Serious or complex medical treatment may require evacuation which can be expensive. The population of the US Virgin Islands is 106,400 (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.67% for the US Virgin Islands as at December 2016. Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for the US Virgin Islands is based on the current personal income tax rates using the USA Single Federal income tax 2018 marginal rates for individuals which are progressive up to 37%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In US Virgin Islands, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): US Virgin Islands as at 1 October 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Average 3) Communication: Very High 4) Education: High 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: Very High 8) Household Accommodation: Very High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: High 13) Transport: High US Virgin Islands is for example 23% more expensive than USA for groceries, 29.5% more expensive for household costs than UK, and 115.1% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for US Virgin Islands for an expat from Australia, is for example 10%, i.e. host location (the US Virgin Islands) premium of 20% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. US Virgin Islands is ranked as a some hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in US Virgin Islands? Register subscribe to your home location and US Virgin Islands and run your personalised reports.