Facts about Guam
|Population||175,877 (July 2008 est.)|
|Time zone||UTC+10 (15 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)|
Oceania, island in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines
General info about Guam
Guam was ceded to the US by Spain in 1898. Captured by the Japanese in 1941, it was retaken by the US three years later. The military installation on the island is one of the most strategically important US bases in the Pacific.
English 38.3%, Chamorro 22.2%, Philippine languages 22.2%, other Pacific island languages 6.8%, Asian languages 7%, other languages 3.5% (2000 census)
Chamorro 37.1%, Filipino 26.3%, other Pacific islander 11.3%, white 6.9%, other Asian 6.3%, other ethnic origin or race 2.3%, mixed 9.8% (2000 census)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
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
aquatic wildlife (supporting tourism), fishing (largely undeveloped)
The economy depends largely on US military spending and tourism. Total US grants, wage payments, and procurement outlays amounted to $1.3 billion in 2004. Over the past 30 years, the tourist industry has grown to become the largest income source following national defense. The Guam economy continues to experience expansion in both its tourism and military sectors.
extirpation of native bird population by the rapid proliferation of the brown tree snake, an exotic, invasive species
Cities in Guam