According to Global Finance magazine, Samoa is the world’s 56th poorest country in 2020.
The City of Apia is situated on the north-central coast of Samoa’s second-biggest island, Upolu. That island was formed by a colossal seafloor volcano, albeit the island itself has no recorded volcano eruptions.
Founded in the 1850s, Apia still features wooden colonial buildings like its old courthouse.
Another notable tourist attraction in Apia is the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, occupying a mansion where the prolific Scottish author of Treasure Island and Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde spent the last years of his life.
Surrounded by beautiful coral reefs in Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, Apia also offers frequent street markets for a wide variety of goods from handicrafts, vegetables, and tropical fruits to freshy caught seafood.
Apia Harbour is Samoa’s biggest and busiest port.
From an international trade perspective, Samoa exported an estimated US$49.3 million worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include refined petroleum oils (24.3% of Samoa’s global total), frozen fish excluding fillets (22.8%), fish fillets (8.9%), fruit juices (7.8%), root-type vegetables (6%), coconut and palm oils (3.6%), malt beer (also 3.6%), aquatic invertebrates (3.4%), insulated wire or cable (2.1%), and sugar-preserved foods (1.5%) according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Apia, Samoa: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Museum of Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Palolo Deep Marine Reserve and Papapapaitai Falls
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Apia, Samoa:
- Jimmy Thunder, former heavyweight boxing champion (born Feb. 3, 1966)
- Pua Magasiva, actor (born Aug. 10, 1980)
- Alama Ieremia, rugby player (born Oct. 27, 1970)
- Oscar Kightley, actor (born Sep. 14, 1969)
- Orene Ai’i, rugby player (born Sep. 23, 1979)
- Tagifano So’Onalole, professional tennis player (born Mar. 7, 1978)
- Mavis Rivers, Grammy Award winning jazz singer (born 1929)
- Francis Meli, rugby player (born Apr. 27, 1979)
- Aiono Fanaafi Le Tagaloa, applied linguistics professor (born Jun. 25, 1932)
- Jeff Lepa, rugby player (born Sep. 10, 1991)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a resident of Samoa: Samoan
Population: 40,407 (Apia) at August 19, 2020
Density: 845 people per square mile (326 per square kilometer)
Population: 198,589 (Samoa) at August 19, 2020
Density: 182 people per square mile (70 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Samoa: 21.8 years old
GDP: US$1.237 billion in 2019 (Samoa)
GDP per person: $6,152
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Apia were unavailable.
Official currency used in Apia: Samoan tālā
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Australia-Oceania: Samoa.
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition.
Global Finance Magazine, Poorest Countries in the World 2020.
Guinness World Records, Highest tightrope crossing by bicycle.
International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Databases.
International Trade Centre, Trade Map.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, Official Portal of the Government of Samoa.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
WorldOMeter, Samoa Population.
Samoans celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each June 1.
Capital city Apia’s land area measures 47.8 square miles (123.81 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 40,407 residents at August 19, 2020.
At the country level, Samoa’s land area covers 1,093 square miles (2,830 square kilometers). The nation’s population count was 198,589 inhabitants in August 2020.
Population density is more concentrated within Apia, averaging 845 residents per square mile (326 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Samoa’s overall land boundaries, population density drops to an average 182 people per square mile (70 per square kilometer).