Demographics of American Samoa
This article is about the demographics of American Samoa, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean.
The statistics from 1900-1950 and every decennial census are from the U.S. Census Bureau. There was no census taken in 1910, but a special census taken in 1912. Any statistics from the years ending in "5" are estimates. The remaining statistics are from the World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated.
- Approximately 55,212, but the Factbook states 49,437 (2020 estimate). About 65% of the population are U.S. nationals, of whom at least 10% are U.S. citizens. Of the foreign-born population, 81% are from Samoa, 9% are from other parts of Oceania, and 9% are from Asia.
- 0–14 years: 24.45% (male 6,506/female 6,780)
- 15–24 years: 19.61% (male 5,264/female 5,395)
- 25–54 years: 42.1% (male 11,775/female 11,105)
- 55–64 years: 8.69% (male 2,326/female 2,397)
- 65 years and over: 5.14% (male 1,287/female 1,508) (2015 est.)
- total: 28.8 years
- male: 29.4 years
- female: 28.3 years (2015 est.)
Population growth rate
- 22.89 births/1,000 population
- 4.75 deaths/1,000 population
- -21.13 migrant(s)/1,000 population
- Urban population: 87.2% of total population
- Rate of urbanization: -0.13% annual rate of change
- 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: 0.97 male(s)/female
- 65 years and over: 0.85 male(s)/female
- Total population: 1 male(s)/female (2015 est.)
Infant mortality rate
- Total: 8.69 deaths/1,000 live births
- Male: 11.16 deaths/1,000 live births
- Female: 6.09 deaths/1,000 live births (2015 est.)
Life expectancy at birth
- Total population: 75.14 years
- Male: 72.18 years
- Female: 91.28 years (2015 est.)
Total fertility rate
- 2.92 children born/woman
- Noun: American Samoan(s) (US Nationals)
- Adjective: American Samoan
- Pacific Islander 92.6% (includes Samoan 88.9%, Tongan 2.9%, other 0.8%)
- Asian 3.6% (includes Filipino 2.2%, other 1.4%)
- Mixed 2.7%
- Other 1.2%
- Christian 98.3%
- Other 1%
- Unaffiliated 0.7%
Major Christian denominations on the island include the Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa, the Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Methodist Church of Samoa. Collectively, these churches account for the vast majority of the population.
J. Gordon Elton in his book claims that the Methodists, Congregationalists with the London Missionary Society, and Catholics led the first Christian missions to the islands. Other denominations arrived later, beginning in 1895 with the Seventh-day Adventists, various Pentecostals (including the Assemblies of God), Church of the Nazarene, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons.
The World Factbook 2010 estimate shows the religious affiliations of American Samoa as 98.3% Christian, other 1%, unaffiliated 0.7%. World Christian Database 2010 estimate shows the religious affiliations of American Samoa as 98.3% Christian, 0.7% agnostic, 0.4% Chinese Universalist, 0.3% Buddhist and 0.3% Bahá'í.
According to Pew Research Center, 98.3% of the total population is Christian. Among Christians, 59.5% are Protestant, 19.7% are Catholic and 19.2% are other Christians. A major Protestant church on the island, gathering a substantial part of the local Protestant population, is the Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa, a Reformed denomination in the Congregationalist tradition. As of August 2017[update], The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website claims membership of 16,180 or one-quarter of the whole population, with 41 congregations, and 4 family history centers in American Samoa. The Jehovah's Witnesses claim 210 "ministers of the word" and 3 congregations.
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Those nationals — born on the 55,000-person US island territory in the South Pacific — receive US passports, can serve in the military and work and live on the mainland United States.
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