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United States Territories

Geography of the 14 U.S. Territories

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Guam Flag

Many of the United States territories have their own specific flag. Above is shown the flag of Guam.

Source: CIA World Factbook, 2007
Updated March 14, 2010

The United States is the world's third largest country based on population and land area. It is divided into 50 states but also claims 14 territories around the world. The definition of a territory as it applies to those claimed by the United States are lands that are administered by the United States but are not officially claimed by any of the 50 states or any other world nation. Typically, most of these territories depend on the United States for defense, economic and social support.

The following is an alphabetical list of the territories of the United States. For reference, their land area and population (where applicable) have also been included.

1) American Samoa
• Total Area: 77 square miles (199 sq km)
• Population: 57,663 (2007 estimate)

2) Baker Island
• Total Area: 0.63 square miles (1.64 sq km)
• Population: Uninhabited

3) Guam
• Total Area: 212 square miles (549 sq km)
• Population: 175,877 (2008 estimate)

4) Howland Island
• Total Area: 0.69 square miles (1.8 sq km)
• Population: Uninhabited

5) Jarvis Island
• Total Area: 1.74 square miles (4.5 sq km)
• Population: Uninhabited

6) Johnston Atoll
• Total Area: 1.02 square miles (2.63 sq km)
• Population: Uninhabited

7) Kingman Reef
• Total Area: 0.01 square miles (0.03 sq km)
• Population: Uninhabited

8) Midway Islands
• Total Area: 2.4 square miles (6.2 sq km)
• Population: There are no permanent inhabitants on the islands but caretakers periodically live on the islands.

9) Navassa Island
• Total Area: 2 square miles (5.2 sq km)
• Population: Uninhabited

10) Northern Mariana Islands
• Total Area: 184 square miles (477 sq km)
• Population: 86,616 (2008 estimate)

11) Palmyra Atoll
• Total Area: 1.56 square miles (4 sq km)
• Population: Uninhabited

12) Puerto Rico
• Total Area: 3,151 square miles (8,959 sq km)
• Population: 3,927,188 (2006 estimate)

13) U.S. Virgin Islands
• Total Area: 136 square miles (349 sq km)
• Population: 108,605 (2006 estimate)

14) Wake Islands
• Total Area: 2.51 square miles (6.5 sq km)
• Population: 200 (2003 estimate)

References

"Territories of the United States." (March 11, 2010). Wikipedia. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territories_of_the_United_States


"U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas." Infoplease.com. Retrieved from: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108295.html

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