Territories of the United States

political division that is directly overseen by the United States federal government

Territories of the United States are sub-national administrative divisions supervised by the United States government. The U.S. currently has fourteen[1] territories in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Two other territories (Bajo Nuevo Bank and Serranilla Bank) are claimed by the United States but ruled by Colombia — if these two territories are counted, the total number of U.S. territories is sixteen.

Territories of the United States
Name Abbr. Location Area Population
Largest town Status Acquired
 American Samoa AS Polynesia (South Pacific) 197.1 km2 (76 sq mi) 50,826 Pago Pago Tafuna Unincorporated, American Samoa is de facto organized. April 17, 1900
 Guam GU Micronesia (North Pacific) 543 km2 (210 sq mi) 167,772 Hagåtña Dededo Unincorporated, organized April 11, 1899
 Northern Mariana Islands MP Micronesia (North Pacific) 463.63 km2 (179 sq mi) 51,994 Saipan Garapan Unincorporated, organized (commonwealth) November 4, 1986 (U.S.)
 Puerto Rico PR Caribbean (North Atlantic) 9,104 km2 (3,515 sq mi) 3,294,626 San Juan San Juan Unincorporated, organized (commonwealth) April 11, 1899
Virgin Islands (U.S.) VI Caribbean (North Atlantic) 346.36 km2 (134 sq mi) 106,977 Charlotte Amalie Charlotte Amalie Unincorporated, organized March 31, 1917


  1. Miaschi, John (March 29, 2019). "What Are The U.S. Territories?". World Atlas. Retrieved November 16, 2019.