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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 (a small island to the south of St. Thomas), and many other surrounding minor islands. The total land area of the Territory is 133.73 square miles (346.4 km2).

The U.S. Virgin Islands are an organized, unincorporated United States territory. The population of the Virgin Islands is largely underserved (82.1%). With a small number of providers, i.e. one hospital on each major island, (St. Croix and St. Thomas) one Medicare certified nursing home, one Medicare certified Home Health agency (with a branch on the two main islands), two Medicare certified Hospices and a limited number of physicians, all Virgin Islanders share the same resources.

As of the 2010 census, there are 109,750 people, 40,648 households, and 26,636 families that reside in the Territory. The racial makeup of the Territory is 73.6% Black or African Descent, 5.2% White, 12.3% from other races, and 9.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race is 18.6% of the population. Per the CMS Medicare Data Warehouse, there are approximately 17,000 Medicare Beneficiaries in the Virgin Islands.