After a four-year delay, the 2010 Population and Housing Census was finally laid on the table of the House of Assembly, on 17 November; and it was announced in the document that the census was completed with a number of households being unrepresented in the figures.

The document stated that 100 enumerators were mobilized to capture the characteristics of the households and their members; and that household and the persons questionnaires combined had 17 sections and 117 questions. It was stated that due to the length of the instrument it took 30 minutes to one hour to complete a household depending on the number of members.

Furthermore,  there were a number of interruptions and delays in the exercise due to hurricanes, and other events. Nonetheless, it was stated that the exercise was practically completed in eight months, but it was noted that problems associated with refusals, call backs, and capturing persons living on the outer islands and the yachts resulted in the process being drawn out.

“After capturing about 83 percent of the population, the field exercise was terminated in 2012. At this point, 8,900 households and 23,108 persons were enumerated. After modifying the data for enumeration districts that were not completely enumerated during the field exercise, the total counts were 10,830 households and 28,054 persons,” the census stated.

The preparation of the document was cited as being the reason for a further delay in the presentation of the findings: “After gathering the questionnaires at the census office, in preparation for scanning, they were coded, edited and corrected. Questions on the instrument relating to a person’s country of birth, occupation, and industry had to be also checked for consistency and other errors. This aspect of the exercise, due to the large volume of questionnaires (over 32,000) and the tedious nature of the coding, editing and correcting processes, took almost a year to complete,” the report noted.


According to the 2010 Virgin Islands Population and Housing census 61 percent of the British Virgin Islands population was born outside of the Territory. It was noted that among this sub-group the majority of expatriates originated from Guyana, St. Vincent and of the Grenadines and Jamaica.

It was noted that the majority of persons who relocated to the Territory indicated that they did so to seek employment.

The data showed that 83 percent of the population or 23,419 persons resided on Tortola; 14 percent or 3,930 persons resided on Virgin Gorda; 1 percent or 285 persons resided on Anegada and 1 percent or 298 persons on Jost Van Dyke. The remaining islands and cays along with persons living on yachts accounted for 122 persons or less than 1 percent of the total population.

It was noted that the nuclear family was the most dominant family type and while the majority of the households were headed by males, most of the single parent households were headed by females. The overall average household size was 2.59 persons and just under half of the population indicated they were married.

2.8 percent of the total population of the Virgin Islands was unemployed and unemployment was relatively high among young adults or persons aged 15 to 29 years – the census revealed. For this age group 7.3 percent of them were unemployed. The unemployment rate was practically the same for both males and females (2.8 percent). Tortola had the highest unemployment rate in the Virgin Islands with 3.0 percent and Anegada had the lowest with 1.2 percent. The unemployment rate among nationals was 3.9 percent and was 2.3 percent among non-national.

It was announced that 67.6 percent of the workers had white collar jobs while 31.5 percent held blue collar jobs. The most common occupations were service, shop and sales workers which accounted for 19.1 percent of the working population.