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V.I. CENSUS: INCOME, POVERTY UP; BIRTHS DOWN

Feb. 28, 2002 – The U.S. Census Bureau has released "Population and Housing Profile: 2000" for the Virgin Islands, and some of the data "may be surprising," according to Frank Mills, director of the Eastern Caribbean Center at the University of the Virgin Islands.
The Census 2000 profile includes territorial figures on just about any demographic topic you can imagine, from "grandparents as caregivers" to the number of St. John residents who commute to work on motorcycles.
The Census data indicate that in the 10 years since the 1990 Census was conducted, household size and family size have decreased throughout the territory. "In 1992, there were over 2,600 births," Mills said in a UVI release. "By 1997, we were down to about 2,100 births."
By 2000, unemployment was readjusting to normal levels. The data also show that the median age of the population has increased, as have the number of foreign-born residents. While household income and per-capita income have increased, poverty has also increased.
"Some groups are getting richer, and other groups are getting poorer," Mills said.
The information contained within the profile, as well as previously released Census 2000 data, is available on the U.S. Census website at Census2000/USVI.
The Eastern Caribbean Center has served as the V.I. Census data center since 1988. To obtain additional information or to request free printed copies of the results of the 2000 Census, call the center at 693-1020 or 693-1027.
Now about those grandparents and motorcyclists: For grandparents responsible for at least one grandchild 5 years or more, the Virgin Islands total is 1,211. The number of St. Johnians who commute to work on a motorcycle total 9, compared with 65 who use the ferry and 354 who walk. To learn the exact basis for the figures and percentages charted, consult the Census web page or call the ECC.

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