The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas, along with the much smaller but historically distinct Water Island, and many other surrounding minor islands.

Covered with red-roofed buildings and houses, the capital city of Charlotte Amalie sits amidst lush green hills, and is widely considered the most beautiful port in the Caribbean.

Dizzying cruise-ship traffic and big resorts nibbling its edges make St. Thomas the most commercialized island.

St. John is the greenest island, literally and figuratively. It cloaks two-thirds of its area in parkland and sublime beaches, ripe for hiking and snorkeling. It also leads the way in environmental preservation, with limited development and several low-impact tent-resorts for lodging.

St. Croix is located far from its siblings and is offering a mix of rainforest, sugar plantations, and old forts.

As of the 2010 census there were 106,405 people (40, 648 households), residing in the territory.