Statistical information Wake Island 1995Wake%20Island

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Wake Island in the World


Wake Island - Introduction 1995
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Background: The US annexed Wake Island in 1899 for a cable station. An important air and naval base was constructed in 1940-41. In December 1941 the island was captured by the Japanese and held until the end of World War II. In subsequent years Wake was developed as a stopover and refueling site for military and commercial aircraft transiting the Pacific. Since 1974 the island's airstrip has been used by the US military and some commercial cargo planes as well as for emergency landings. There are over 700 landings a year on the island.

Wake Island - Geography 1995
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Location: Oceania, island in the North Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to the Northern Mariana Islands

Geographic coordinates

Map referenceOceania

Total area total: 6.5 km²
Land: 6.5 km²
Comparative: about 11 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 19.3 km

Maritime claims
Exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
Territorial sea: 12 nm

Climate: tropical

Terrain: atoll of three coral islands built up on an underwater volcano; central lagoon is former crater, islands are part of the rim; average elevation less than 4 meters


Natural resources: none
Land use

Land use
Arable land: 0%
Permanent crops: 0%
Meadows and pastures: 0%
Forest and woodland: 0%
Other: 100%

Irrigated land: 0 km²

Major rivers

Major watersheds area km²

Total water withdrawal

Total renewable water resources

Natural hazards

formerly an important commercial aviation base, now used by US military, as well as the US Army Space and Strategic Defense Command for missile launches
defense is the responsibility of the US

Wake Island - People 1995
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Population: 302 (July 1995 est.)
Growth rate: 0% (1995 est.)


Ethnic groups



Demographic profile
Age structure

Age structure

Dependency ratios

Median age

Population growth rate: 0% (1995 est.)

Birth rate: NA births/1000 population

Death rate: NA deaths/1000 population

Net migration rate: NA migrant(s)/1000 population

Population distribution


Major urban areas

Current issues: NA
Current issues natural hazards: occasional typhoons
Current issues international agreements: NA

Air pollutants

Sex ratio

Mothers mean age at first birth

Maternal mortality ratio

Infant mortality rate: NA deaths/1000 live births

Life expectancy at birth
Total population: NA years
Male: NA years
Female: NA years

Total fertility rate: NA children born/woman

Contraceptive prevalence rate

Drinking water source

Current health expenditure

Physicians density

Hospital bed density

Sanitation facility access


Major infectious diseases

Obesity adult prevalence rate

Alcohol consumption

Tobacco use

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Education expenditures


School life expectancy primary to tertiary education

Youth unemployment

Wake Island - Government 1995
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Country name
Conventional long form: none
Conventional short form: Wake Island

Government type: unincorporated territory of the US administered by the US Army and Strategic Defense Command since 1 October 1994

Capital: none; administered from Washington, DC

Administrative divisions

Dependent areas

Independence: none (territory of the US)

National holiday


Legal system

International law organization participation



Executive branch

Legislative branch

Judicial branch

Political parties and leaders

International organization participation

Diplomatic representation

Flag descriptionflag of Wake%20Island: the US flag is used

National symbols

National anthem

National heritage

Wake Island - Economy 1995
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Economy overview: Economic activity is limited to providing services to US military personnel and contractors located on the island. All food and manufactured goods must be imported.

Real gdp purchasing power parity

Real gdp growth rate

Real gdp per capita ppp

Gross national saving
Gdp composition by sector of origin

Gdp composition by end use

Gdp composition by sector of origin

Agriculture products


Industrial production growth rate

Labor force
Labor force

Unemployment rate

Youth unemployment

Population below poverty line

Gini index

Household income or consumption by percentage share

Distribution of family income gini index


Public debt

Taxes and other revenues


Fiscal year

Current account balance

Inflation rate consumer prices

Central bank discount rate

Commercial bank prime lending rate

Stock of narrow money

Stock of broad money

Stock of domestic credit

Market value of publicly traded shares

Current account balance



Reserves of foreign exchange and gold

Debt external

Stock of direct foreign investment at home

Stock of direct foreign investment abroad

Exchange rates

Wake Island - Energy 1995
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Electricity access

Electricity production

Electricity consumption

Electricity exports

Electricity imports

Electricity installed generating capacity

Electricity transmission distribution losses

Electricity generation sources


Refined petroleum

Natural gas

Carbon dioxide emissions

Energy consumption per capita

Wake Island - Communication 1995
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Telephones fixed lines

Telephones mobile cellular

Telephone system: NA telephones; satellite communications; 1 Autovon circuit off the Overseas Telephone System (OTS)
Local: NA
Intercity: NA
International: NA
Note: Armed Forces Radio/Television Service (AFRTS) radio and television service provided by satellite

Broadcast media

Internet country code

Internet users

Broadband fixed subscriptions

Wake Island - Military 1995
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Military expenditures

Military and security forces

Military service age and obligation

Terrorist groups

Wake Island - Transportation 1995
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National air transport system

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix

Airports: 1
With paved runways 2438 to 3047 m: 1

Airports with paved runways
2438 to 3047 m: 1

Airports with unpaved runways






Merchant marine: none

Ports and terminals

Wake Island - Transnational issues 1995
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Disputes international: claimed by the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Refugees and internally displaced persons

Illicit drugs

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