World Atlas: Guam. On this page you can see the map, country flag and many detailed information about the people, history and economy of Guam.
Here you can find online selected information about the geography, inhabitants, government, economy and history of Guam. Included are selected statistics, an overview map and the detailed map of Guam. But let's start with the flag of Guam here:
Guam - Overview:
What you should know about Guam? Let's start with this: Spain ceded Guam to the US in 1898. Captured by the Japanese in 1941, it was retaken by the US three years later. The military installations on the island are some of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific.
Geography of Guam
Where on the globe is Guam? The location of this country is Oceania, island in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. Total area of Guam is 544 sq km, of which 544 sq km is land. So this is quite a small country. How could we describe the terrain of the country? This way: volcanic origin, surrounded by coral reefs; relatively flat coralline limestone plateau (source of most fresh water), with steep coastal cliffs and narrow coastal plains in north, low hills in center, mountains in south. The lowest point of Guam is Pacific Ocean 0 m, the highest point Mount Lamlam 406 m. And the climate is tropical marine; generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season (January to June), rainy season (July to December); little seasonal temperature variation.
Inhabitants of Guam
Let's take a look how many people live in Guam. The number is: 167,358 (July 2017 est.). So not so many people live here. Who lives here? Chamorro 37.3%, Filipino 26.3%, white 7.1%, Chuukese 7%, Korean 2.2%, other Pacific Islander 2%, other Asian 2%, Chinese 1.6%, Palauan 1.6%, Japanese 1.5%, Pohnpeian 1.4%, mixed 9.4%, other 0.6% (2010 est.). What are the languages in Guam? English 43.6%, Filipino 21.2%, Chamorro 17.8%, other Pacific island languages 10%, Asian languages 6.3%, other 1.1% (2010 est.). And the religions: Roman Catholic 85%, other 15% (1999 est.). How old are the people in average? 29 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: 76 years. Where the people live in Guam? Here: no large cities exist on the island, though large villages (municipalities) attract much of the population; the largest of these is Dededo. The major urban areas of Guam are: Hagatna (capital) 143,000 (2014).
Government and Economy of Guam
The capital of Guam is Hagatna (Agana) and the government type presidential democracy; a self-governing unincorporated territory of the US. Let's take a look at the administrative divisions - none (territory of the US). Regarding the economy of Guam, important industrial products are national defense, tourism, construction, transshipment services, concrete products, printing and publishing, food processing, textiles. Important agricultural products are fruits, copra, vegetables; eggs, pork, poultry, beef. The most important export commodities are transshipments of refined petroleum products, construction materials, fish, foodstuffs and beverages and the most important export partners are Palau 20.3%, Japan 5.1% (2016). The most important import commodities are petroleum and petroleum products, food, manufactured goods and the most important import partners are Singapore 32.1%, Japan 30.6%, South Korea 8.4%, Hong Kong 8.1% (2016). How rich is Guam and how rich are people in this country? The most important number here is GDP per capita (PPP): $30,500 (2013 est.). This means the living standards are good here. 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: 23% (2001 est.).