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Northern Mariana Islands

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Map of Northern Mariana Islands
  • Commonwealth of the Northern   Mariana Islands

  • Status: Commonwealth

  • Governor: Ralph Torres (2015)

  • Capital: Chalan Kanoa (on Saipan)

  • Total area: 184 sq mi (477 sq km)

  • Population (2014 est.): 51,483 (growth rate: 1.13%); birth rate: 18.94/1000; infant mortality: 5.5/1000; life expectancy: 77.64

  • Languages: Philippine languages 32.8%, Chamorro (official) 24.1%, English (official) 17%, other Pacific island languages 10.1%, Chinese 6.8%, other Asian languages 7.3%, other 1.9% (2010 est.)

  • Ethnicity/race: Asian 50% (includes Filipino 35.3%, Chinese 6.8%, Korean 4.2%, and other Asian 3.7%), Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 34.9% (includes Chamorro 23.9%, Carolinian 4.6%, and other Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 6.4%), other 2.5%, two or more ethnicities or races 12.7% (2010 est.)

  • Religion: Christian (Roman Catholic majority, although traditional beliefs and taboos may still be found)

  • National Holiday: Commonwealth Day, January 8

  • Literacy rate: 97% (1980 est.)

  • Monetary unit: U.S. dollar

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