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.

CIA World Factbook demographic statistics[edit]

The following demographic statistics are from the CIA World Factbook, unless otherwise indicated. [1]

Population[edit]

  • 54,343

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.

CIA 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.[3]

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.[4] The Jehovah's Witnesses claim 210 "ministers of the word" and 3 congregations.[5]

Languages[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia-Oceania :: AMERICAN SAMOA". CIA The World Factbook. 
  2. ^ "American Samoa". The World Factbook. CIA. Retrieved February 23, 2007. 
  3. ^ "American Samoa: Adherents Profile at the Association of Religion Data Archives, World Christian Database". Thearda.com. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ "LDS Newsroom". Mormonnewsroom.org. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ "American Samoa: How Many Jehovah's Witnesses Are There?". JW.ORG. Retrieved 13 August 2017.