Featuring a tropical rainforest climate but with a very dry July and August, Apia serves as the capital city for the Independent State of Samoa.
Samoa exported US$56 million worth of goods around the globe in 2016.
Samoa’s highest-value exported products include ignition wiring systems, light petroleum oils, frozen tunas, fruit juices and beer 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: 37,000 (Apia)
Density: 774 people per square mile (299 per square kilometer)
Population: 192,342 (Samoa)
Density: 175 people per square mile (68 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$1.046 billion in 2016 (for Samoa, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $5,400
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. Accessed on March 5, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on March 5, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, Official Portal of the Government of Samoa. Accessed on March 5, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on March 5, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Apia. Accessed on March 5, 2017
Wikipedia, Samoa. Accessed on March 5, 2017
Capital city Apia’s built-up urban land area measures 48 square miles (124 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 37,000 residents in 2014.
At the country level, Samoa’s land area covers 1,097 square miles (2,842 square kilometers). The national population count was 192,342 inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Samoa’s capital city Apia with an average 774 residents per square mile (300 per square kilometer).
For Samoa overall, national population density drops significantly to an average 175 people per square mile (68 per square kilometer).
Samoans celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each June 1.