A. THE TERRITORY
U.S. Territory of Guam, in the North Pacific Ocean, is the largest
island of the Marianas Archipelago. Also included here (but not as part
of Guam itself) are the tiny U.S. Territories of Johnston Island, Midway
Island and Wake Island. Guam is a self-governing, unincorporated U.S.
Territory and Guamanians are U.S. citizens. One-third of the island is
used for U.S. military bases, and is set to increase as the U.S. marine
base in Okinawa relocates to Guam in 2014. Tourism is the largest
component of the economy. More than a third of the people are employed
by the government or military, while one quarter of the people are
dependent on welfare assistance.
B. THE PEOPLE
The population is ~180,000 and official languages English and Chamorro.
Guam is the Hub of Micronesia with a multicultural and diverse
population. ~49.2% are Micronesian, ~37.9% Asian, ~12.9% Caucasian.
There is continued influence of cultural and animistic tradition and an
increase of gambling, substance abuse, and prostitution/sex trafficking.
C. RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
~96.69% claim to be Christian, ~1.4% Buddhist, ~0.74% Baha’i, ~0.45%
Chinese, ~0.4% Non-religious, ~0.32% Ethnoreligionist.
In the Christian category:
~76.71% are Catholic, ~14.64% Protestant, ~1.98% Unaffiliated, ~1.28%
Independent, ~0.61% Anglican.
Evangelicals represent ~14.2% of the population.
Charismatics represent ~11.9% and of those ~5.4% are Pentecostals.
‘Marginal’ groups originating in Western society represent ~1.47% of the
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