Demographics of American Samoa

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This article is about the demographic features of the population of American Samoa, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Population in thousands; Data of FAO, year 2005.

Population statistics[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
195519,702—    
196020,013+1.6%
196523,520+17.5%
197027,292+16.0%
197529,932+9.7%
198032,457+8.4%
198539,241+20.9%
199047,038+19.9%
199552,868+12.4%
200057,521+8.8%
200559,118+2.8%
201055,637−5.9%
201555,537−0.2%
201655,599+0.1%
201755,641+0.1%
201855,689[1]+0.1%

The following statistics are from the World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated.[2]

Population[edit]

Age structure[edit]

  • 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.)

Median age[edit]

  • total: 28.8 years
  • male: 29.4 years
  • female: 28.3 years (2015 est.)

Population growth rate[edit]

  • -0.3%

Birth rate[edit]

  • 22.89 births/1,000 population

Death rate[edit]

  • 4.75 deaths/1,000 population
  • -21.13 migrant(s)/1,000 population

Urbanization[edit]

  • Urban population: 87.2% of total population
  • Rate of urbanization: -0.13% annual rate of change

Sex ratio[edit]

  • 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.)
American Samoa's population pyramid.

Infant mortality rate[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Total population: 75.14 years
  • Male: 72.18 years
  • Female: 78.28 years (2015 est.)

Total fertility rate[edit]

  • 2.92 children born/woman

Nationality[edit]

  • Noun: American Samoan(s) (US Nationals)
  • Adjective: American Samoan

Ethnic groups[edit]

Religions[edit]

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%.[2] 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.[7]

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, 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.[8] The Jehovah's Witnesses claim 210 "ministers of the word" and 3 congregations.[9]

Languages[edit]

  • Samoan 88.6%
  • English 3.9%,
  • Tongan 2.7%,
  • Other Pacific islander 3%
  • Other 1.8%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American Samoa Population (live) - Worldometers". www.worldometers.info.
  2. ^ a b "Australia-Oceania :: AMERICAN SAMOA". Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
  3. ^ a b Mendoza, Moises (October 11, 2014). "How a weird law gives one group American nationality but not citizenship". Public Radio International (PRI). Retrieved 2018-08-24. 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.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. nationals born in American Samoa sue for citizenship". Associated Press. NBC News. March 28, 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". 2010 United States Census. census.gov. Archived from the original on 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  6. ^ 8 U.S.C. § 1408; Tuaua v. United States, 788 F.3d 300 (D.C. Cir. 2015); Mohammadi v. Islamic Republic of Iran, 782 F.3d 9, 15 (D.C. Cir. 2015) ("The sole such statutory provision that presently confers United States nationality upon non-citizens is 8 U.S.C. § 1408."); Matter of Navas-Acosta, 23 I&N Dec. 586 (BIA 2003) (same); see also 8 U.S.C. § 1483 ("Restrictions on loss of nationality"); 8 U.S.C. §§ 15011503; 8 U.S.C. § 1252(b)(5) ("Treatment of nationality claims").
  7. ^ "American Samoa: Adherents Profile at the Association of Religion Data Archives, World Christian Database". Thearda.com. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "LDS Newsroom". Mormonnewsroom.org. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "American Samoa: How Many Jehovah's Witnesses Are There?". JW.ORG. Retrieved 13 August 2017.