Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands


Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie
Coordinates: 18°21′N 64°57′W / 18.35°N 64.95°W / 18.35; -64.95
Country U.S. Virgin Islands
Island Saint Thomas
Population (2000)
 - Total 18,914
ZIP code 00801–00804
Area code(s) 340

Charlotte Amalie (pronounced /ˈʃɑrlət əˈmɑːljə/ or -/ˈæməliː/) is the capital and largest city of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is located on the island of Saint Thomas and as of 2004 had an estimated population of 19,000 (the 2000 U.S. Census found a population of 18,914).[1]

The city is named after Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (or Hessen-Cassel) (1650–1714), queen consort to King Christian V of Denmark. It is famous as a deep-water harbor that was once a haven for pirates and is now a famed cruise ship port of call, with about 1.5 million cruise ship passengers landing there in 2004. Charlotte Amalie has many buildings of historical importance and is home to St. Thomas Synagogue, the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.[citation needed]

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Transportation

Highway 30 (Veterans Dr) passes through Charlotte Amalie. Additionally, Charlotte Amalie holds one of two airports in the US Virgin Islands. Cyril E. King Airport (IATA: STT ICAO: TIST) offers regular nonstop service to many destinations along the east coast of the United States.

Geography

Charlotte Amalie sits on the south part of Saint Thomas next to Water Island.

Climate

Charlotte Amalie features a tropical wet and dry climate. The city has a short dry season that covers from January through March and a wet season that covers the remaining nine months, though technically June, with a monthly average precipitation of 2.35 in (59.7 mm) could be considered a dry season month. While Charlotte Amalie does have a lengthy wet season, outside the months of September through November, the city generally does not see the heavy precipitation that is prevalent in many other cities with a tropical climate. The city is generally very warm and humid. Average temperatures in Charlotte Amalie are at a near constant, with average high temperatures at about 88°F and average low temperatures at about 75°F.

Climate data for Charlotte Amalie
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
88
(31)
88
(31)
90
(32)
90
(32)
91
(33)
90
(32)
90
(32)
88
(31)
86
(30)
88.3
(31.3)
Average low °F (°C) 72
(22)
72
(22)
72
(22)
74
(23)
76
(24)
77
(25)
78
(26)
78
(26)
77
(25)
76
(24)
75
(24)
73
(23)
75.0
(23.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.89
(48)
1.51
(38.4)
1.52
(38.6)
2.39
(60.7)
3.36
(85.3)
2.35
(59.7)
2.42
(61.5)
3.50
(88.9)
5.34
(135.6)
5.57
(141.5)
5.28
(134.1)
2.74
(69.6)
37.87
(961.9)
Source: [2]

Education

St. Thomas-St. John School District serves the community.

Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and Charlotte Amalie High School serve the area.

Gallery

City view. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  
One of the steep streets on the hillsides, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  

See also

References

  1. ^ Census Bureau Releases Census 2000 Population Counts for the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Census Bureau, July 3, 2001
  2. ^ "Monthly Averages for Saint Thomas, VI (00801)". The Weather Channel. http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/wxclimatology/monthly/00801. Retrieved May 13, 2009. 

External links

Coordinates: 18°21′N 64°57′W / 18.35°N 64.95°W / 18.35; -64.95


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