09 July 2014

Decline in population of young people in U.S. Virgin Islands

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Community Foundation for the Virgin Islands 


V.I. youth population sees steep decline

ST. THOMAS - The youth population in the Virgin Islands is rapidly declining, and that may have a serious impact on the society in coming decades, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The report, put out by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, analyzes 2010 Census data as it relates to children in the territory. It provides an overview of the territory's demographic, social and economic characteristics of children and families.

The report was written by Mark Mather and Beth Jarosz, of the nonprofit The Population Reference Bureau, and was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

At a press conference Tuesday, Mather went through the new statistics about the territory's youth and compared the data to the 2000 Census reports for the Virgin Islands as well as to national trends.