Religion: Christian (Roman Catholic majority, although traditional beliefs and taboos may still be found); Buddhism
Island Populations: Saipan, 56,000; Tinian, 3,000
Language: 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%
Nationality: NA (US citizens)
Time difference: 15 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Ethnic groups: 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%
Government type: commonwealth; self-governing with locally elected governor, lieutenant governor, and legislature
Literacy rate: 97%
Summary of Northern Mariana Islands
The Mariana Islands are the southern part of a submerged mountain range that extends 1,565 miles from Guam to near Japan. Geographically, the Marianas are the northernmost islands of a larger island group called Micronesia.
The Mariana Islands have a total land area of 388 sq miles. They are composed of two administrative units, Guam, a US territory, and the Northern Mariana Islands (including the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota) which make up a Commonwealth of the United States.
The Northern Mariana Islands, officially the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands…is one of the five inhabited U.S. island territories (the other four are Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa). It is one of two territories with "Commonwealth" status; the other is Puerto Rico. It consists of fifteen islands in the western Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. The United States Census Bureau reports the total land area of all islands as 183.5 square miles. As of the 2010 census, the Northern Mariana Islands had a population of 53,883, of whom over 90% live on the island of Saipan. Of the 14 other islands, only two – Tinian and Rota – are permanently inhabited. (Wikipedia)
((Statistical information taken from CIA World Factbook))
Missionaries in Northern Mariana Islands:
Far East Director
David & Jenny Harris
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He can be contacted through the BIMI office (423) 344-5050 ex. 2402.