American Samoa Population 2020

American Samoa is not a country but is instead an unincorporated territory of the United States. American Samoa is not to be confused with Samoa. American Samoa is located to the southeast of Samoa in the Pacific Ocean. The territory is made up of five islands and two coral atolls. In total, the land area of American Samoa is about 77 square miles. With a population estimated to be about 55,689 in 2018, this puts the population density at nearly 671 people per square mile.

The capital of American Samoa is Pago Pago, which is located on the main island of Tutuila. As of 2010, the population was over 3,600, making this the most populous settlement in American Samoa.

The majority of inhabitants in American Samoa are U.S. nations but are not U.S. citizens. As many as 15% of inhabitants are U.S. citizens, while around 35% were foreign-born. Over three-quarters of the foreign-born population came from Samoa. There are two official languages in the territory: English and Samoan. The majority of American Samoans speak both languages.

Around 91% of inhabitants are native Samoans. Minority ethnic groups include whites, Asians, and mixed races. American Samoans are predominantly Christian. In fact, estimates from 2010 show that over 98% are of the Christian faith.

About 5,000 people in Samoa work in the public sector for the territorial government. About 5,000 people work in the private sector. A large number of people also work at the StarKist tuna cannery, which exports millions of dollars in canned tuna to the U.S. annually.

American Samoa Population in 2018Source: Eric Guinther at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons

Official NameAmerican Samoa
Languages SpokenEnglish, Samoan
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude-14.33, -170.00
Currencies UsedUnited States Dollar
DemonymAmerican Samoan
BordersNone
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202055,19150.09%49.92%277.34210-0.22%
201955,31250.14%49.86%277.95210-0.28%
201855,46550.19%49.80%278.72210-0.28%
201755,62050.24%49.75%279.50210-0.22%
201655,74150.29%49.71%280.11210-0.13%
201555,81250.34%49.65%280.46209-0.10%
201056,07950.59%49.42%281.80209-1.20%
200559,56250.93%49.06%299.312060.60%
200057,82151.07%48.92%290.562061.69%
199553,16151.13%48.87%267.142072.34%
199047,34751.27%48.74%237.922073.68%
198539,51950.91%49.10%198.592093.90%
198032,64650.52%49.49%164.052091.67%
197530,05250.28%49.69%151.022101.89%
197027,36350.12%49.88%137.502092.94%
196523,67250.36%49.65%118.952093.30%
196020,12350.58%49.44%101.122100.37%
195519,75451.16%48.81%99.272080.85%
195018,94051.86%48.14%95.182080.00%
Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
202055,19150.09%49.92%277.342100.00%
202554,89049.85%50.17%275.83210-0.11%
203054,72849.62%50.39%275.02211-0.06%
203554,52149.43%50.56%273.97211-0.08%
204054,26449.31%50.68%272.68211-0.09%
204553,92049.24%50.75%270.95211-0.13%
205053,58149.23%50.78%269.25210-0.13%
205553,01649.21%50.79%266.41211-0.21%
206052,25349.20%50.79%262.58212-0.29%
206551,28549.17%50.82%257.71213-0.37%
207050,02649.15%50.86%251.39214-0.50%
207548,40849.11%50.89%243.26214-0.66%
208046,39849.10%50.89%233.16214-0.84%
208544,05649.16%50.85%221.39215-1.03%
209041,51649.23%50.75%208.62216-1.18%
209538,86149.32%50.67%195.28216-1.31%
  1. American Samoa Department of Commerce
  2. World Population Prospects (2019 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1950, 1956, 1960, 1970, 1974, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 censuses, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration. Estimates of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community were also taken into account.

  3. GeoNames Gazetteer