Demographics of American Samoa

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.

Samoa American Demo
Population in thousands; Data of FAO, year 2005.

Population statistics

Historical population

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


Age structure

  • 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

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

Population growth rate

  • -0.3%

Birth rate

  • 22.89 births/1,000 population

Death rate

  • 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

Sex ratio

  • 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 population pyramid
American Samoa's population pyramid.

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: 78.28 years (2015 est.)

Total fertility rate

  • 2.92 children born/woman


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

Ethnic groups


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]


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


  1. ^ a b "American Samoa Population (live) - Worldometers".
  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 August 24, 2018. 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. Archived from the original on October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  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". Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "LDS Newsroom". Retrieved August 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "American Samoa: How Many Jehovah's Witnesses Are There?". JW.ORG. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
American Samoan

American Samoan may refer to:

Something of, or related to American Samoa

A person from American Samoa, or of American Samoan descent. For information about the American Samoan people, see Demographics of American Samoa, Samoans, and Culture of Samoa. For specific American Samoans, see List of people from American Samoa.

Note that there is no language called "American Samoan". Languages spoken in American Samoa include American English and the Samoan language.

Index of American Samoa-related articles

The following is an alphabetical list of articles related to the United States Territory of American Samoa.

Outline of American Samoa

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American Samoa – unincorporated territory located in the South Pacific Ocean southeast of the Independent State of Samoa. The main (largest and most populous) island is Tutuila, with the Manuʻa Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island also included in the territory. American Samoa is part of the Samoan Islands chain, located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles (500 km) south of Tokelau.

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