Hagåtña is the second smallest of Guam’s 19 villages both in geographic and population size. The capital village has a tropical rainforest climate, with an average rainfall of 97.8 inches (2,480 millimeters). Typically, the wettest months are from July to October.
Hagåtña features such historic sites as the Governor’s House which offers a museum with native antiques, Angel Santos Memorial Park and the Latte of Freedom monument which also serves as an observation tower overlooking Agana Bay. Other tourist attractions are the Pacific War Museum and the War in the Pacific National Historical Park.
Research website numbeo lacks sufficient data to rank Guam’s capital village on its comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Numbeo does evaluate Hagåtña on several individual factors. For instance, Hagåtña’s safety score ranks in the bottom 5% confirming its reputation as a dangerous city in which to live. Ranking in the lowest 8%, Hagåtña appears to have poor health care while its traffic commute time falls within the slowest 15%. On the positive side, Hagåtña rates relatively well for its pollution level (cleanest 12%).
Guam was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the departure site for the longest-range air attacks ever. As part of the Operation Desert Strike mission on September 2, 1996, two United States Air Force B-52H bombers launched cruise missiles in Iraq after travelling 14,000 miles (25,530 kilometers) from Anderson Air Force Base in Guam.
Coral plays a key role in Guam’s physical topology. A coral reef outlines most of the island, with a limestone plateau providing most of Guam’s fresh water. Beaches in Guam have coral rather than sand, while coral mixed with cement is used to pave most of Guam’s roads.
From an international trade perspective, Guam exported an estimated US$643,000 worth of products around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include generating sets (37.6% of Guam’s global total), bananas excluding plantains (33.1%), lemons (6.2%), flavored or sweetened waters (2.6%), wrist-watches (also 2.6%), guavas and mangoes (2.3%), small computers (1.4%), and frozen sea bass (1.2%) according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Hagåtña, Guam: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Fort Apugan, Guam Pacific War Museum, Paseo Baseball Stadium, Latte Stone Park, Agana Shopping Center and South Pacific Memorial Park
Below, you will find a sampling of the most famous people born in Hagåtña, Guam.
- Ann Curry, actress & Dateline reporter (born Nov. 19, 1956)
- Talia O’Neal, actress (born Jun. 6, 1975)
- Eric Loubert, writer & film producer (born Jul. 9, 1994)
- Michael Galano, actor (born Oct. 26, 1973)
- Rodney Pike, documentary actor (born May 22, 1969)
- Tony Palomo, museum director & senator (born Jun. 13, 1931)
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 Guam: Guamanian (has US citizenship)
Population: 1,200 (Hagåtña) in September 2020
Density: 1,200 people per square mile (400 per square kilometer)
Population: 169,058 (Guam) in September 2020
Density: 809 people per square mile (313 per square kilometer)
Median age for all Guam: 31.4 years old
GDP: US$5.793 billion in 2016 (Guam)
GDP per person: $35,600
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 Hagåtña were unavailable.
Official currency used in Hagåtña: US dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data).
Central Intelligence Agency, Australia-Oceania: Guam, Central Intelligence Agency.
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition.
Guinness World Records, Deepest point in the sea.
Guinness World Records, Longest range air attacks.
International Trade Centre, Trade Map.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, Official Portal for the Government of Guam.
The Fact File, 31 Interesting Facts About Guam.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Hagåtña, Guam.
WorldOMeter, Guam Population.
World Population Review, Guam Population.
Guamanians celebrate Discovery Day (also called Magellan Day) on each first Monday of March annually.
Hagåtña’s land area measures one square mile (3 square kilometers). The capital’s population was an estimated 1,200 residents at September 2020.
As an island, Guam physically resembles the shape of a footprint with a land area equal to 208 square miles (540 square kilometers). Guam’s total population was 169,058 Guamanians.
Population density is more concentrated within Guam’s capital Hagåtña, averaging 1,200 residents per square mile (400 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Guam’s overall land boundaries, population density dilutes to an average 809 people per square mile (313 per square kilometer).