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42% of adults single or never married – Census

married-singlePersons classified as being ‘single/never married’ make up just over 42% of the total adult population of the British Virgin Islands, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census report, which was tabled this week in the House of Assembly.

Also noteworthy is the fact that 49% of the territory’s overall adult population is married.

Virgin Gorda appears to be one of the best islands in the BVI to find persons who are ‘single or never married,’ considering that 52% of its adult residents fall into that category.

Marriages, in the meantime, are more likely to thrive than fail on Virgin Gorda, where the divorce rate is 5.9%.

Also, of the 3,930 adults on the island who participated in the census, only 37.5% or 1,135 persons stated that they were married. The others said they were widowed, legally separated, or did not know their marital status.


The report also revealed that, in relation to Tortola where 23,491 persons took part in the census, 37% or 8,698 claimed that they were single or never married.

Some 32% said they were married, while 3.7% reported that they were divorced.

The others reported that they were either widowed, legally separated or did not know their marital status.


On Anegada where 285 adults participated in the census, 34% said they were single/never married, 36% reported that they were married, and 4.5% divorced.

Jost Van Dyke

298 persons were involved in the census on Jost Van Dyke.

Of that number, 27.8% reported that they were single or never married while 36.9% said they were married.

Nine of the participants from Jost Van Dyke, in the meantime, were divorced.


Eighteen persons who live on yachts in the BVI also took part in the census.

Four reported that they were single/never married, while eight reported that they were married.

Two stated that they were divorced.

The Census was undertaken in 2010, but its findings were not made public until Monday when the report was tabled in the House of Assembly. The authority has not disclosed what caused the four-year delay.