American Samoa: population, cities
According to Countryaah
website, as of January 1, 2005, American Samoa had approx. 58,000 residents.
About 89% of the residents are Samoans (Polynesians), 2% Europeans, 4%
Tongans and 5% others.
Around 60% are Congregationalists, 20% are Catholics and
30% are Protestants and others.
The Christian religion plays an important role in society. Samoa is also
included in the Pacific "biblebelt" (Bible belt). The Samoan family attends the
service on Sunday morning. Then you have lunch together, to ´ onai, and then let
the day end calmly.
Capital, other cities
The capital of Samoa is Pago Pago on the island of Tutuila
with a population of 4,280.
Other cities are:
Tafuna with around 8,400 residents, Nu'uuli with
5,250 residents and Leone with 3,600 residents.
New York (8 million) in the USA,
Sao Paulo (> 17 million) in Brazil,
Berlin (3.4 million) in Germany,
London (7.2 million) in England and Great Britain,
Beijing (City 6 million) in China,
Mexico City in Mexico, the most populous city on earth (over 20 million),
Tokyo (11.8 million) in Japan.
American Samoa: Geography and Map
Defined by DigoPaul, the islands of Samoa are located in the middle of the southern
Pacific. Independent Samoa lies west of 171 ° west, and American Samoa east of
Samoa lies roughly between a longitude of 171 ° and 173 ° west and between a
latitude of 13 ° and 14 ° south. It lies east of the international date line,
which bends back to the west south of Samoa and returns to 180 °. The date line
has a bulge around the Chatam Islands, which have the same date as their
motherland New Zealand.
American Samoa is located approximately 2,890 km from Auckland, 4,000 km from
Sydney and 8,400 km from Los Angeles. The island state has better transport
connections to American cities than to the nearest islands.
The closest neighboring islands are Tonga in the south, Fiji in the southwest,
Tuvalu in the northeast, Tokelau in the north and the Cook Islands in the east.
The islands, length of coast
American Samoa covers a total area of around 199 km².
The country consists of five volcanic islands and two coral atolls.
The islands are:
Tutuila, Aunu'u, Ofu, Olosega and Ta'u. The last three are also known as Manu'a
The two coral atolls are:
Rose Atoll and Swains Atoll
- the island of Tutuila has an area of 137 km² and
- the island of Aunu'u has an area of 2 km² and 88
- the island of Ofu has an area of 5 km² and 640
- the island of Ta'u has an area of 46 km² and 965
- the Swains Atoll has an area of 3 km² and 640
- the Rose Atoll has an area of 5 km² and 5 residents
- Ofu Island has 5 residents
American Samoa has a total coastline to the Pacific Ocean of around 115 km.
Longitude and latitude
American Samoa extends over the following geographical latitude (abbreviation
Δφ) and geographical longitude (abbreviation Δλ):
|Δφ = from 13 ° 15 'to 14 ° 05' south
Δλ = from 171 ° 20 'to 172 ° 50' west
You can find detailed information on this subject under: Geographical
longitude and latitude.
For American Samoa, the following value applies to Central European Time
(CET), i.e. the time without daylight saving time. A minus sign means that it is
earlier there, a plus sign that it is later than CET:
More detailed explanations of the time can be found under: Time zones, time.
The highest point of the sun in Pago Pago
Pago Pago, the capital of American Samoa, is located at a southern latitude
of around φ = 14 ° and thus in the middle of the tropics.
If the sun or its image point is located above the city at 14 ° S, the sun is
exactly perpendicular there. This happens exactly twice a year, roughly 50 days
before March 21st and 50 days after September 21st.
The highest mountain in the country is the Lata with a height of 966 m on the
island of Ta'u.
Other high mountains:
- On the island of Ta'u in Olotania, at an altitude of
- On the island of Tutuila the Matafao Peak, with a
height of 653 m
- On the island of Tutuila the Rainmaker Mountain, with
a height of 523 m
The longest river in the country is the Lautifi Strom.
The largest lake is Lake Namo on Swains Island.
Other lakes are Pala Lake and Red
Lake, which are located on Aunu 'Island.
American Samoa borders the Pacific Ocean with a total coastline of 115 km -
more precisely, American Samoa is located in the South Pacific, the so-called
South Pacific. This region of the Pacific Ocean includes the Polynesian Islands
as well as parts of Melanesia and Micronesia.