Administrative divisions of American Samoa

American Samoa is administratively divided into three districts (Western, Eastern and Manu‘a) and two unorganized atolls (Swains Island and Rose Atoll). The districts are subdivided into 15 counties,[a] which are composed of 76 villages.[9]

Districts and unorganized atolls of American Samoa
CategoryCounty equivalent
LocationAmerican Samoa
Number3 districts
2 unorganized atolls
Populations31,329 (Western District) – 0 (Rose Atoll)
Areas27.51 sq mi (71.25 km2) (Western District) – 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2) (Rose Atoll)
GovernmentLocal government
SubdivisionsCounties and villages

For statistical purposes, the United States Census Bureau counts the three districts and two unorganized atolls as five county equivalents, while treating the actual counties as "minor civil divisions".[10]

American Samoa has only one U.S. zip code: 96799.[11]

DivisionsEdit

island/atoll district county villages[9]
Tutuila Western Lealataua Fagamalo, Maloata, Fagali‘i, Poloa, Amanave, Failolo, Agugulu, Utumea West, Se‘etaga, Nua, Afao, Asili, Amaluia
Fofo[a] Leone, Auma, Puapua
Leasina Aasu,[b] Aoloau, Malaeloa/Aitulagi
Tualatai Malaeloa/Ituau, Futiga, Taputimu, Vailoatai
Tualauta Vaitogi, Ili‘ili, Tafuna,[c] Pava‘ia‘i, Faleniu, Mapusagafou, Mesepa, Malaeimi[d]
Eastern Itu‘au Fagasa, Nu‘uuli,[e] Faganeanea, Matu‘u
Ma‘oputasi Fatumafuti, Faga‘alu, Utulei, Fagatogo, Pago Pago, Satala, Anua, Atu‘u, Leloaloa, Aua
Vaifanua Vatia, Alao, Tula, Onenoa, Aoa
Sua Sa‘ilele, Masausi, Masefau, Afono, Lauli‘i, Aumi, Alega, Avaio, Auto, Amaua, Utusia, Faga‘itua, Pagai[f]
Sa‘ole Pagai,[f] Alofau, Amouli, Auasi, Utumea East
Aunu‘u Aunu‘u
Ofu Manu‘a Ofu Ofu
Olosega Olosega Olosega, Sili
Ta‘ū Ta‘ū Si‘ufaga, Luma
Faleasao Faleasao
Fitiuta Maia, Leusoali‘i
Swains Taulaga, Etena (abandoned)[12]
Rose

MapsEdit

Counties of American Samoa[a][13]
Villages of American Samoa[13]

StatisticsEdit

The statistics below are from the 2010 census.

Local government structureEdit

Amata Coleman Radewagen's congressional website said the following about American Samoa's districts:[14]

Each [district] is administered by a district governor who is appointed by the territorial governor. To be qualified as a district governor, an individual must hold a Matai title within the district to which he/she is to be appointed.[14]

The U.S. National Park Service says the following about the structure of villages in American Samoa:[15]

In general each village is made up of a group of aiga (extended families) which include as many relatives as can be claimed. Each aiga is headed by a matai (chief) who represents the family on all matters including the village council, or fono. Matai's hold title to all assets of the aigas, or families, they represent and are responsible for law enforcement and punishment of infractions occurring in their villages. The fono consists of the matais of all the aiga associated with the village. The highest chief of the matais of all the village aigas is the highest chief or the ali'i and heads the fono. Also, each village has a pulenu'u (somewhat like a police chief or mayor) and one or more talking chiefs, tulafale."[15]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c An American Samoan law of 1962 defined 14 counties.[1] The constitution of 1967, signed by delegates from these 14 counties, established 15 counties from then on, separating Fofo from Lealataua.[2] The election law was later revised accordingly,[3][4][5] and the government lists 15 counties, including Fofo with its own chief,[6] representative and senator.[7] The law defining the counties was not revised but the constitution overrides it where inconsistent. However, the U.S. Census Bureau continues to list 14 counties, treating Fofo as part of Lealataua.[8][9]
  2. ^ a b c d e f The 2010 census listed Aasu village with a land area of 3.40 sq mi (8.81 km2) and all 494 inhabitants in Leasina county in the Western District, and an uninhabited land area of 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2) in Itu‘au county in the Eastern District.[9]
  3. ^ a b c d e f The 2010 census listed Tafuna village with a land area of 2.28 sq mi (5.91 km2) and 7,943 inhabitants in Tualauta county in the Western District, and a land area of 0.21 sq mi (0.54 km2) and 2 inhabitants in Itu‘au county in the Eastern District.[9]
  4. ^ a b c d e f The 2010 census listed Malaeimi village with a land area of 1.39 sq mi (3.60 km2) and all 1,182 inhabitants in Tualauta county in the Western District, and an uninhabited land area of 0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2) in Itu‘au county in the Eastern District.[9]
  5. ^ a b c d e f The 2010 census listed Nu‘uuli village with a land area of 2.41 sq mi (6.24 km2) and 3,294 inhabitants in Itu‘au county in the Eastern District, and a land area of 0.56 sq mi (1.45 km2) and 661 inhabitants in Tualauta county in the Western District.[9]
  6. ^ a b c The 2010 census listed Pagai village with a land area of 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2) and 94 inhabitants in Sua county, and a land area of 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2) and 24 inhabitants in Sa‘ole county, all in the Eastern District.[9]
  7. ^ The 2010 census treated Fofo as part of Lealataua. The numbers in this row are the sums of the villages of Lealataua without Fofo.[9]
  8. ^ The 2010 census treated Fofo as part of Lealataua. The numbers in this row are the sums of the villages of Fofo.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 5.0102 Division of districts into counties, American Samoa Bar Association.
  2. ^ Revised Constitution of American Samoa, American Samoa Bar Association.
  3. ^ 2.0202 Districts, American Samoa Bar Association.
  4. ^ 2.0302 Districts, American Samoa Bar Association.
  5. ^ 6.0102 Definitions, American Samoa Bar Association.
  6. ^ Local Government, American Samoa Government.
  7. ^ Legislative branch of American Samoa – Fono, American Samoa Government.
  8. ^ a b c d Population, housing units, land area, and density by district and island and county for American Samoa: 2010, United States Census Bureau.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Population, housing units, land area, and density by place for American Samoa: 2010, United States Census Bureau.
  10. ^ States, Counties, and Statistically Equivalent Entities, United States Census Bureau.
  11. ^ American Samoa ZIP Codes, Zip-codes.com.
  12. ^ Unlocking the Secrets of Swains Island, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, September 2013.
  13. ^ a b 116th Congress of the United States, American Samoa, U.S. Census Bureau.
  14. ^ a b https://radewagen.house.gov/about/our-district Radewagen.house.gov. Our District. American Samoa - A Territory of the United States. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  15. ^ a b https://www.nps.gov/npsa/learn/historyculture/people.htm U.S. National Park Service. National Park of American Samoa. History & Culture - People. Retrieved September 7, 2019.