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Tutuila
American Samoa-CIA WFB Map.png
Map of Tutuila Island in American Samoa
Geography
LocationAmericanSamoa.png
Location Pacific Ocean
Coordinates 14°17′42″S 170°42′00″W / 14.295°S 170.70°W / -14.295; -170.70
Archipelago Samoan Islands
Area 140.293 square kilometres (54.167 sq mi)
Highest point Matafao Peak (653 metres (2,140 ft))
Country
United States
Territory  American Samoa
Largest city Pago Pago (pop. 11,500)
Demographics
Population 55,400 (as of 2000)
Density 394.89 /km2 (1,022.8 /sq mi)

Tutuila is the main or largest island of American Samoa, and the third largest island in the Samoan Islands chain. The island is distinctive in the Central Pacific for its large, natural harbor—Pago Pago Harbor—on which the capital of American Samoa, Pago Pago, is located.

Fatu Rock(right) and Futi Rock (left), islets on the reef of Tutuila at the entrance to Pago Pago Harbor (behind Fatu)

The area of the island is 141.81 km² (54.75 sq mi), and it has a 2000 census population of 55,876. (These figures include Aunu'u Island, off the southeast coast of Tutuila, which has a land area of 1.517 km² and a population of 476.) The highest point on the island is Matafao Peak (653 m or 2142 ft). In the early 19th century, Tutuila was called Maouna. Politically, the island is divided into two of American Samoa's primary divisions, the Eastern District and the Western District.

Tutuila and Aunu‘u from the Space Shuttle.

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