CORRELATES OF RACE, ETHNICITY AND NATIONAL ORIGIN

IN THE UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS

Abstract

United States Virgin islands society is a complex of diverse racial and ethnic groups: black islanders, West Indian immigrants, Puerto Rican in-migrants, French immigrants from St. Barthelemy, and transplanted mainland "continentals." Recent U.S. Censuses of Population and Housing reveal these groups exhibit distinct socio-economic and residential profiles. Compared to whites, blacks and Hispanics have lower income, educational and occupational status, less home ownership but larger families, and higher unemployment and poverty rates. These groups also engage in differing recreational and associational activities. This evidence suggests a heterogeneous society (Smith, 1965) with a high degree of social and cultural pluralism.