RISING POPULATION AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT CONCERN

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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (October 30, 1997 - PACNEWS)---American Samoa's population density rate of 240 persons per square kilometer is beginning to worry government planners.

Chief statistician Val Filiga predicts that serious overcrowding of the main island of Tutuila is just around the corner, as the U.S. South Pacific territory's population continues to grow.

American Samoa's population density rate, Filiga says, is extremely high when compared to neighboring Samoa, with only 50 people per square kilometer.

Very limited land remains accessible for further development because Tutuila, the territory's biggest island, is mostly mountainous.

American Samoa's annual population growth now stands at 3.7 percent, with a total population projected at 59,000.

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