51st State - Possible New States - By Merger of Current or Former U.S. Territories

By Merger of Current or Former U.S. Territories

Other less likely contenders are Guam and the United States Virgin Islands, both of which are unincorporated organized territories of the United States. Also, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa, an unorganized, unincorporated territory, could both attempt to gain statehood. Some proposals call for the Virgin Islands to be admitted with Puerto Rico as one state (often known as the proposed "Commonwealth of Prusvi", for Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands, or as "Puerto Virgo"), and for the amalgamation of U.S. territories or former territories in the Pacific Ocean, in the manner of the "Greater Hawaii" concept of the 1960s. Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands would be admitted as one state, along with Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands (although these latter three entities are now separate sovereign nations, which have Compact of Free Association relationships with the United States). Such a state would have a population of 412,381 (slightly lower than Wyoming's population) and a land area of 911.82 square miles (2,361.6 km2) square miles (slightly smaller than Rhode Island). American Samoa could possibly be part of such a state, increasing the population to 467,900 and the area to 988.65 square miles (2,560.6 km2). Radio Australia, in late May 2008, issued signs of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands becoming one again and becoming the 51st state.

Caribbean Territories
Location Population Area (sq. mi.) Comments
Puerto Rico 3,725,789 3,514 2010 U.S. Census results
United States Virgin Islands 109,750 133.73 2010 U.S. Census results
Total 3,835,539 3,647.73 Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands
Pacific Territories
Location Population Area (sq. mi.) Comments
Northern Mariana Islands 53,883 184.17 2010 U.S. Census results
Guam 159,358 209.85 2010 U.S. Census results
Total Mariana Islands 213,241 394.02
American Samoa 55,519 76.83 2010 U.S. Census results
Total American Pacific 268,760 988.65
Marshall Islands 67,182 70 2011 estimate
Palau 20,958 177 2011 estimate
Federated States of Micronesia 111,000 271 2009 estimate
Total Former Trust Territories 199,140 518
Total 467,900 1506.65

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