World Atlas: American Samoa. On this page you can see the map, country flag and many detailed information about the people, history and economy of American Samoa.
Here you can find online selected information about the geography, inhabitants, government, economy and history of American Samoa. Included are selected statistics, an overview map and the detailed map of American Samoa. But let's start with the flag of American Samoa here:
American Samoa - Overview:
What you should know about American Samoa? Let's start with this: 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.
Geography of American Samoa
Where on the globe is American Samoa? The location of this country is Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Total area of American Samoa is 199 sq km, of which 199 sq km is land. So this is quite a small country. How could we describe the terrain of the country? This way: five volcanic islands with rugged peaks and limited coastal plains, two coral atolls (Rose Island, Swains Island). The lowest point of American Samoa is Pacific Ocean 0 m, the highest point Lata Mountain 964 m. And the climate is 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.
Inhabitants of American Samoa
Let's take a look how many people live in American Samoa. The number is: 51,504 (July 2017 est.). So not so many people live here. Who lives here? Pacific Islander 92.6% (includes Samoan 88.9%, Tongan 2.9%, other .8%), Asian 3.6% (includes Filipino 2.2%, other 1.4%), mixed 2.7%, other 1.2% (2010 est.). What are the languages in American Samoa? Samoan 88.6% (closely related to Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages), English 3.9%, Tongan 2.7%, other Pacific islander 3%, other 1.8%. And the religions: Christian 98.3%, other 1%, unaffiliated 0.7% (2010 est.). How old are the people in average? 25.5 years. We have to add that this number is the median - so one half of the people is older than this, one half is younger. And what is their life expectancy (at birth)? This: 73.4 years. Where the people live in American Samoa? Here: unknown. The major urban areas of American Samoa are: PAGO PAGO (capital) 48,000 (2014).
Government and Economy of American Samoa
The capital of American Samoa is Pago Pago and the government type presidential democracy; a self-governing territory of the US. Let's take a look at the administrative divisions - none (territory of the US); there are no first-order administrative divisions as defined by the US Government, but there are 3 districts and 2 islands at the second order; Eastern, Manu'a, Rose Island, Swains Island, Western. Regarding the economy of American Samoa, important industrial products are tuna canneries (largely supplied by foreign fishing vessels), handicrafts. Important agricultural products are bananas, coconuts, vegetables, taro, breadfruit, yams, copra, pineapples, papayas; dairy products, livestock. The most important export commodities are canned tuna 93% and the most important export partners are Australia 21.6%, Ghana 16.1%, Netherlands 11.5%, Burma 8.1%, South Korea 7.9%, Colombia 4.7%, Indonesia 4.3% (2016). The most important import commodities are raw materials for canneries, food, petroleum products, machinery and parts and the most important import partners are Singapore 22.6%, NZ 19.1%, Samoa 8.7%, Malaysia 8.2%, Fiji 7.6%, South Korea 7.4%, Australia 4.6% (2016). How rich is American Samoa and how rich are people in this country? The most important number here is GDP per capita (PPP): $13,000 (2013 est.). This is quite good. Let's add that this means Gross Domestic Product per person, which is recalculated with respect to the relative cost of local goods and services. And one more important number - population below poverty line: NA%.