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U.S. Territories and Minor Outlying Islands

Overview

There are 14 territories administered by the United States but not claimed by any of the 50 US states. 9 of these territories are uninhabited, but in the 5 territories where educational institutions exist (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico), they follow the U.S. education system and are recognized/accredited either locally or in the United States.

For background information on the populated commonwealths and territories, click on the appropriate link below, on the EDGE homepage, or country dropdown menu:

  • American Samoa (Oceania)
  • Baker Island (Oceania): Located in the North Pacific Ocean halfway between Hawaii and Australia; unpopulated.
  • Guam (Oceania)
  • Howland Island (Oceania): Located in the North Pacific Ocean 1800 miles southwest of Hawaii and two-thirds of the way between Hawaii and the Australia; unpopulated.
  • Jarvis Island (Oceania): Located in the North Pacific Ocean 1800 miles southwest of Hawaii and two-thirds of the way between Hawaii and the Australia; unpopulated.
  • Johnston Atoll (Oceania): Located in the North Pacific Ocean 700 miles southwest of Hawaii and one-third of the way between Hawaii and the Australia; unpopulated.
  • Kingman Reef (Oceania): Located in the North Pacific Ocean 1800 miles southwest of Hawaii and two-thirds of the way between Hawaii and the Australia; unpopulated.
  • Midway Island (Oceania): Located in the South Pacific Ocean halfway between Hawaii and the Australia; unpopulated.
  • Navassa Island (Caribbean/North America): Located in the Caribbean Sea, 30 miles west of Haiti; unpopulated.
  • Northern Mariana Islands, Commonwealth of the (Oceania)
  • Palmyra Island (Oceania): Located in the South Pacific Ocean halfway between Hawaii and the Australia; unpopulated.
  • Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of (North America/Caribbean)
  • U.S. Virgin Islands (North America/Caribbean)
  • Wake Island (Oceania): Located in the North Pacific two-thirds of the way between Hawaii and the Northern Mariana Islands with a population of 150 U.S. Air Force personnel.

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