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American Samoa country facts

Territory of American Samoa Australia-Oceania Pago Pago 54,517 inhabitants 199 sq km 273.95 inhabitants/sq km the US dollar is used territory of the United States population evolution



Settled as early as 1000 B.C., Samoa was not reached by European explorers until the 18th century. International rivalries in the latter half of the 19th century were settled by an 1899 treaty in which Germany and the US divided the Samoan archipelago. The US formally occupied its portion - a smaller group of eastern islands with the excellent harbor of Pago Pago - the following year.



Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about half way between Hawaii and New Zealand

Geographic coordinates

14 20 S, 170 00 W

Area (sq km)

total: 199 sq km
land: 199 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes Rose Island and Swains Island

Area - comparative (sq km)

slightly larger than Washington, DC

Land boundaries (km)

0 km

Coastline (km)

116 km

Maritime claims

territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm


tropical marine, moderated by southeast trade winds; annual rainfall averages about 3 m; rainy season (November to April), dry season (May to October); little seasonal temperature variation


five volcanic islands with rugged peaks and limited coastal plains, two coral atolls (Rose Island, Swains Island)

Elevation extremes (m)

lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Lata Mountain 964 m

Natural resources

pumice, pumicite

Land use (%)

arable land: 9.5%
permanent crops: 15%
other: 75.5% (2011)

Irrigated land (sq km)


Natural hazards

typhoons common from December to March
volcanism: limited volcanic activity on the Ofu and Olosega Islands; neither has erupted since the 19th century

Environment - current issues

limited natural freshwater resources; the water division of the government has spent substantial funds in the past few years to improve water catchments and pipelines

Geography - note

Pago Pago has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the South Pacific Ocean, sheltered by shape from rough seas and protected by peripheral mountains from high winds; strategic location in the South Pacific Ocean

People and Society


noun: American Samoan(s) (US nationals)
adjective: American Samoan

Ethnic groups (%)

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 91.6%, Asian 2.8%, white 1.1%, mixed 4.2%, other 0.3% (2000 est.)

Languages (%)

Samoan 90.6% (closely related to Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages), English 2.9%, Tongan 2.4%, other Pacific islander 2.1%, other 2%
note: most people are bilingual (2000 census)

Religions (%)

Christian Congregationalist 50%, Roman Catholic 20%, Protestant and other 30%


54,517 (July 2014 est.)   evolution and prospects (1950-2100)

Age structure (%)

0-14 years: 24.9% (male 6,671/female 6,917)
15-24 years: 20.2% (male 5,468/female 5,565)
25-54 years: 41.7% (male 11,694/female 11,056)
55-64 years: 8.2% (male 2,211/female 2,260)
65 years and over: 4.9% (male 1,234/female 1,441) (2014 est.)

Age structure in American Samoa

Median age (years)

total: 28.3 years
male: 28.8 years
female: 27.8 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate (%)

-0.35% (2014 est.)

Birth rate (births/1,000 population)

22.87 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Death rate (deaths/1,000 population)

4.68 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Net migration rate (migrant(s)/1,000 population)

-21.64 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Urbanization (%)

urban population: 93.2% of total population (2011)
rate of urbanization: 1.87% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Major urban areas - population

PAGO PAGO (capital) 64,000 (2011)

Sex ratio (male(s)/female)

at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 0.96 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 1 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.86 male(s)/female
total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2014 est.)

Infant mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births)

total: 8.92 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 11.47 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 6.21 deaths/1,000 live births (2014 est.)

Life expectancy at birth (years)

total population: 74.91 years
male: 71.96 years
female: 78.04 years (2014 est.)

Total fertility rate (children born/woman)

2.98 children born/woman (2014 est.)

Drinking water source (% of population)

improved: urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population
unimproved: urban: 0% of population
rural: 0% of population
total: 0% of population (2012 est.)

Sanitation facility access (% of population)

improved: urban: 62.5% of population
rural: 62.5% of population
total: 62.5% of population
unimproved: urban: 37.5% of population
rural: 37.5% of population
total: 37.5% of population (2012 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate (%)


HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS


HIV/AIDS - deaths


Obesity - adult prevalence rate (%)

74.6% (2007)

Literacy (%)

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97%
male: 98%
female: 97% (1980 est.)


Country name

conventional long form: Territory of American Samoa
conventional short form: American Samoa
abbreviation: AS

Dependency status

unincorporated and unorganized territory of the US; administered by the Office of Insular Affairs, US Department of the Interior

Government type



name: Pago Pago
geographic coordinates: 14 16 S, 170 42 W
time difference: UTC-11 (6 hours behind Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Administrative divisions

none (territory of the US); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are three districts and two islands* at the second order; Eastern, Manu'a, Rose Island*, Swains Island*, Western


none (territory of the US)

National holiday

Flag Day, 17 April (1900)


ratified 2 June 1966, effective 1 July 1967 (2013)

Legal system

mixed legal system of US common law and customary law


18 years of age; universal

Executive branch

chief of state: President Barack H. OBAMA (since 20 January 2009); Vice President Joseph R. BIDEN (since 20 January 2009)
head of government: Governor Lolo Matalasi MOLIGA (since 3 January 2013)
cabinet: Cabinet made up of 12 department directors
elections: under the US Constitution, residents of unincorporated territories, such as American Samoa, do not vote in elections for US president and vice president; however, they may vote in Democratic and Republican presidential primary elections; governor and lieutenant governor elected on the same ticket by popular vote for four-year terms (eligible for a second term); election last held on 6 November 2012 with a runoff held on 20 November 2012 (next to be held in November 2016)
election results: runoff election percent of vote - Lolo Matalasi MOLIGA 52.9%, Faoa Aitofele SUNIA 47.1%

Legislative branch

bicameral Fono or Legislative Assembly consists of the Senate (18 seats; members are elected from local chiefs to serve four-year terms) and the House of Representatives (21 seats; 20 members are elected by popular vote and 1 is an appointed, nonvoting delegate from Swains Island; members serve two-year terms)
elections: House of Representatives - last held on 6 November 2012 (next to be held in November 2014); Senate - last held on 6 November 2012 (next to be held in November 2016)
election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - independents 18; House of Representatives - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - independents 20
note: American Samoa elects one nonvoting representative to the US House of Representatives; election last held on 6 November 2012 (next to be held in November 2014); results - Eni F. H. FALEOMAVAEGA reelected as delegate

Judicial branch

highest court(s): High Court of American Samoa (consists of the chief justice, associate chief justice, and 6 Samoan associate judges and organized into trial, family, drug, and appellate divisions)
note - American Samoa has no US federal courts
judge selection and term of office: chief justice and associate chief justice appointed by the US Secretary of the Interior to serve for life; Samoan associate judges appointed by the governor to serve for life
subordinate courts: district and village courts

Political parties and leaders

Democratic Party [Oreta M. TOGAFAU]
Republican Party [Tautai A. F. FAALEVAO]

Political pressure groups and leaders

Population Pressure LAS (addresses the growing population pressures)

International organization participation

AOSIS, Interpol (subbureau), IOC, PIF (observer), SPC, UPU

Diplomatic representation in the US

none (territory of the US)

Diplomatic representation from the US

none (territory of the US)

Flag description

blue, with a white triangle edged in red that is based on the fly side and extends to the hoist side; a brown and white American bald eagle flying toward the hoist side is carrying two traditional Samoan symbols of authority, a war club known as a "Fa'alaufa'i" (upper; left talon), and a coconut fiber fly whisk known as a "Fue" (lower; right talon); the combination of symbols broadly mimics that seen on the US Great Seal and reflects the relationship between the United States and American Samoa

National anthem

name: "Amerika Samoa" (American Samoa)
lyrics/music: Mariota Tiumalu TUIASOSOPO/Napoleon Andrew TUITELELEAPAGA
note: local anthem adopted 1950; as a territory of the United States, "The Star-Spangled Banner" is official (see United States)


Economy - overview

American Samoa has a traditional Polynesian economy in which more than 90% of the land is communally owned. Economic activity is strongly linked to the US with which American Samoa conducts most of its commerce. Tuna fishing and tuna processing plants are the backbone of the private sector with canned tuna the primary export. The two tuna canneries account for 80% of employment. In late September 2009, an earthquake and the resulting tsunami devastated American Samoa and nearby Samoa, disrupting transportation and power generation, and resulting in about 200 deaths. The US Federal Emergency Management Agency is overseeing a relief program of nearly $25 million. Transfers from the US Government add substantially to American Samoa's economic well being. Attempts by the government to develop a larger and broader economy are restrained by Samoa's remote location, its limited transportation, and its devastating hurricanes. Tourism is a promising developing sector.

GDP (purchasing power parity)

$575.3 million (2007 est.)
$510.1 million (2003 est.)

GDP (official exchange rate)

$462.2 million (2005)

GDP - real growth rate (%)

3% (2003)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$8,000 (2007 est.)
$5,800 (2005 est.)

GDP - composition, by sector of origin (%)

agriculture: NA%
industry: NA%
services: NA%

Labor force

17,630 (2005)

Unemployment rate (%)

29.8% (2005)

Population below poverty line (%)


Household income or consumption by percentage share (%)

lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%


revenues: $155.4 million
expenditures: $183.6 million (2007 est.)

Taxes and other revenues (% of GDP)

33.6% of GDP (2007)

Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) (% of GDP)

-6.1% of GDP (2007)

Inflation rate (consumer prices) (%)


Agriculture - products

bananas, coconuts, vegetables, taro, breadfruit, yams, copra, pineapples, papayas; dairy products, livestock


tuna canneries (largely supplied by foreign fishing vessels), handicrafts

Industrial production growth rate (%)



$445.6 million (FY04 est.)

Exports - commodities (%)

canned tuna 93%


$308.8 million (FY04 est.)

Imports - commodities (%)

raw materials for canneries, food, petroleum products, machinery and parts

External debt ($)


Exchange rates

Currency converter
the US dollar is used

Fiscal year

1 October - 30 September


Electricity - production (kWh)

155 million kWh (2011 est.)

Electricity - consumption (kWh)

147.9 million kWh (2010 est.)

Electricity - exports (kWh)

0 kWh (2012 est.)

Electricity - imports (kWh)

0 kWh (2012 est.)

Electricity - installed generating capacity (kW)

60,000 kW (2010 est.)

Electricity - from fossil fuels (% of total installed capacity)

100% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)

Electricity - from nuclear fuels (% of total installed capacity)

0% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)

Electricity - from hydroelectric plants (% of total installed capacity)

0% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)

Electricity - from other renewable sources (% of total installed capacity)

0% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)

Crude oil - production (bbl/day)

0 bbl/day (2012 est.)

Crude oil - exports (bbl/day)

0 bbl/day (2010 est.)

Crude oil - imports (bbl/day)

0 bbl/day (2010 est.)

Crude oil - proved reserves (bbl)

0 bbl (1 January 2013 est.)

Refined petroleum products - production (bbl/day)

0 bbl/day (2010 est.)

Refined petroleum products - consumption (bbl/day)

5,115 bbl/day (2011 est.)

Refined petroleum products - exports (bbl/day)

0 bbl/day (2010 est.)

Refined petroleum products - imports (bbl/day)

2,003 bbl/day (2010 est.)

Natural gas - production (cu m)

0 cu m (2011 est.)

Natural gas - consumption (cu m)

0 cu m (2010 est.)

Natural gas - exports (cu m)

0 cu m (2011 est.)

Natural gas - imports (cu m)

0 cu m (2011 est.)

Natural gas - proved reserves (cu m)

0 cu m (1 January 2013 est.)

Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy (Mt)

426,200 Mt (2011 est.)


Telephones - main lines in use

10,000 (2012)

Telephone system

general assessment: good telex, telegraph, facsimile, and cellular telephone services
domestic: domestic satellite system with 1 Comsat earth station
international: country code - 1-684; satellite earth station - 1 (Intelsat-Pacific Ocean)

Broadcast media

3 TV stations; multi-channel pay TV services are available; about a dozen radio stations, some of which are repeater stations (2009)

Internet country code


Internet hosts

2,387 (2012)

Internet users




3 (2013)

Airports - with paved runways

total: 3
over 3,047 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 1
under 914 m: 1 (2013)

Roadways (km)

total: 241 km (2008)

Ports and terminals

major seaport(s): Pago Pago


Manpower fit for military service

males age 16-49: 14,562
females age 16-49: 14,129 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually

male: 775
female: 762 (2010 est.)

Military - note

defense is the responsibility of the US

Transnational Issues

Disputes - international

Tokelau included American Samoa's Swains Island (Olosega) in its 2006 draft independence constitution

Largest cities of American Samoa

These are the 50 largest cities of American Samoa ordered based on their number of inhabitants.

# City Population