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Territories of the United States

In addition to the 50 states, the United States has 16 territories, of which 5 are populated. Guess the five permanently populated territories.
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Last updated: July 15, 2019
First submittedJanuary 19, 2014
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Population
Territory
3,667,084
Puerto Rico
159,358
Guam
106,405
U.S. Virgin Islands
77,000
Northern Mariana Islands
55,519
American Samoa
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Level 48
Mar 11, 2016
Midway Islands?
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Level 44
Mar 14, 2016
It's noted in the description that I did not include U.S. Territories that do not have a permanent resident population.
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Level 73
Jul 8, 2016
I don't see any mention of "permanent" population in the instructions - maybe you'd like to add that?
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Level 44
Jul 9, 2016
It was in the original instructions, but it appears they were slightly edited when Jetpunk decided to feature my quiz. I have added permanent for clarity
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Level 54
Apr 11, 2016
Where's the District of Columbia? And if you're listing 'present' it implies that you wanted to include past territories?
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Level 44
Apr 20, 2016
The District of Columbia is a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress. It is its own unique legal status. This is different from a U.S. Territory which is overseen by the federal government as a whole, typically the executive branch, and has a greater degree of self-governance. I did not include past territories, I'm considering it for a separate quiz.
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Level 47
Apr 3, 2020
DC can vote. These five can't
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Level 77
May 31, 2016
100% - thanks to the US Quarter series!
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Level 64
May 31, 2016
Easiest quiz I have taken. I come from Puerto Rico
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Level 44
Jul 8, 2016
U.K.?
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Level 64
Jul 8, 2016
Since when did the UK become a US territory?
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Level 54
Jul 8, 2016
Maybe scrumpyone is asking for a quiz of UK territories. I doubt this person thinks that the UK is a territory of the US.
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Level 64
Jul 8, 2016
Well there was this one, but it got defeatured.
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Level 44
Jul 11, 2016
I was being sarcastic.
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Level 78
Oct 23, 2019
We pretty much bought the country with 2 world wars they never paid back the money for. Just outright stiffed us like a welfare case.
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Level 78
Jul 8, 2016
When will the US give these countries their freedom?
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Level 64
Jul 8, 2016
It seems the independance movement over here in Puerto Rico is rising a bit due to the Fiscal Control Board. Though IMO, I really would like statehood. For the rest, IDK. Also, these aren't countries, there territories
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Level 64
Jul 8, 2016
They're*, my bad
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2020
and independence*
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Level 78
Jul 8, 2016
But then we'd have to give up the right of Prima Nocte...
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2020
Why the devil should the US do so?
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Level 69
Jul 8, 2016
Can CNMI be a type-in please?
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Level 44
Jul 9, 2016
Added, thank you for the suggestion
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Level 77
Jul 8, 2016
I got Northern Marianas, but forgot Virgin Islands. Face smack.
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Level 52
Jan 4, 2017
Fun quiz!
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Level 22
Jan 5, 2017
Completely forgot the existence of Samoa…
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Level 37
Mar 29, 2017
I could never figure out why the founding fathers couldn't have chosen Maryland or Virginia for the capitol instead of creating the havoc of "District of Columbia" (Columbia WHAT?) - just seems to unnecessarily complicate things. By the same token, what was wrong with keeping either New York or Philadelphia as the capitol???????????????????
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Level 37
Apr 16, 2018
If the capital was New York or Philadelphia, New York or New Jersey would have too much political power. Oh wait, they do anyway.
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Level 81
Aug 8, 2018
philadelphia is in pennsylvania
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Level 80
Oct 28, 2018
Not sure what "havoc" you're referring to. Plenty of countries have the capital as its own separate district rather than being part of a state or province (China, for example). Personally I think the situation in Canada is more confusing, where Ottawa is located in Ontario but is not the capital of Ontario.

As for why the capitol moved to D.C., see this wiki article (or, better yet, just listen to "The Room Where it Happens" from the musical Hamilton).
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Level 43
Jun 9, 2017
Guam totally exited my mind…
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Level 27
Feb 16, 2018
Reduce time. I did this in about 5 seconds.
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2020
Well, I did it in 7 nanoseconds.
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Level 42
Dec 14, 2018
American Samoa is an independent country, most people call it just Samoa
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Level 44
Dec 16, 2018
It's not, they're actually two separate places. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States, which should not be confused with the Independent State of Samoa, which is located nearby, but is in fact a distinct and different place.
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2020
Could you accept 'USVI' (a common abbreviation) for U.S. Virgin Islands?