Guam

Country Summary

2022 population pyramid

Introduction

Background

Spain ceded Guam to the US in 1898. Captured by the Japanese in 1941, the US retook it three years later. The military installations on the island are some of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific, and they constitute the island’s most important source of income and economic stability.

Geography

Area

total: 544 sq km
land: 544 sq km
water: 0 sq km

Climate

tropical marine; generally warm and humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry season (January to June), rainy season (July to December); little seasonal temperature variation

Natural resources

aquatic wildlife (supporting tourism), fishing (largely undeveloped)

People and Society

Population

total: 169,532
male: 87,345
female: 82,187 (2024 est.)

Ethnic groups

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 46.1% (Chamorro 32.8%, Chuukese 6.7%, Palauan 1.4%, Pohnpeian 1.4%, Yapese 1%, other Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 2.8%), Asian 35.5% (Filipino 29.1%, Korean 2.2%, Japanese 1.4%, Chinese (except Taiwanese) 1.3%, other Asian 1.5%), White 6.8%, African descent or African-American 0.9%, Indigenous 0.1%, other 0.6%, mixed 10% (2020 est.)

Languages

English 43.3%, Filipino 24.9%, Chamorro 16%, other Pacific Island languages 9.4%, Asian languages 6.5% (2020 est.)

Religions

Christian (predominantly Roman Catholic) 94.2%, folk religions 1.5%, Buddhist 1.1%, other 1.6%, unaffiliated 1.7% (2020 est.)

Population growth rate

0.11% (2024 est.)

Government

Government type

unincorporated organized territory of the US with local self-government; republican form of territorial government with separate executive, legislative, and judicial branches

Capital

name: Hagatna (Agana)

Executive branch

chief of state: President Joseph R. BIDEN Jr. (since 20 January 2021); Vice President Kamala D. HARRIS (since 20 January 2021)
head of government: Governor Lourdes LEON GUERRERO (since 7 January 2019)

Legislative branch

description: unicameral Legislature of Guam or Liheslaturan Guahan (15 seats; members elected in a single countrywide constituency by simple majority vote to serve 2-year terms)
Guam directly elects 1 member by simple majority vote to serve a 2-year term as the delegate to the US House of Representatives; note - the delegate can vote when serving on a committee and when the House meets as the Committee of the Whole House, but not when legislation is submitted for a “full floor” House vote

Economy

Economic overview

small Pacific island US territorial economy; upper income, tourism-based economy; hard-hit by COVID-19 disruptions; relaunched many industries via vaccination tourism; domestic economy relies on multiple military bases; environmentally fragile economy

Real GDP (purchasing power parity)

$5.793 billion (2016 est.)
$5.697 billion (2015 est.)
$5.531 billion (2014 est.)

Real GDP per capita

$35,600 (2016 est.)
$35,200 (2015 est.)
$34,400 (2014 est.)

Agricultural products

fruits, copra, vegetables; eggs, pork, poultry, beef

Industries

national defense, tourism, construction, transshipment services, concrete products, printing and publishing, food processing, textiles

Exports

$186 million (2021 est.)
$371 million (2020 est.)
$1.403 billion (2019 est.)

Exports - partners

Singapore 30%, Taiwan 20%, South Korea 14%, Philippines 12%, Hong Kong 8% (2022)

Exports - commodities

refined petroleum, scrap iron, scrap copper, trunks and cases, aircraft parts (2022)

Imports

$3.667 billion (2021 est.)
$3.383 billion (2020 est.)
$3.552 billion (2019 est.)

Imports - partners

South Korea 37%, Singapore 35%, Japan 12%, Taiwan 3%, Hong Kong 3% (2022)

Imports - commodities

refined petroleum, cars, raw iron bars, electric generating sets, trunks and cases (2022)


Page last updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2024