[Country map of Palmyra Atoll]

Palmyra Atoll

(territory of the US)


Location: Oceania, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, about one-half of the way from Hawaii to American Samoa

Map references: Oceania

total area: 11.9 sq km
land area: 11.9 sq km
comparative area: about 20 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC

Land boundaries: 0 km

Coastline: 14.5 km

Maritime claims:
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
territorial sea: 12 nm

International disputes: none

Climate: equatorial, hot, and very rainy

Terrain: low, with maximum elevations of about 2 meters

Natural resources: none

Land use:
arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
meadows and pastures: 0%
forest and woodland: 100%
other: 0%

Irrigated land: 0 sq km

current issues: NA
natural hazards: NA
international agreements: NA

Note: about 50 islets covered with dense vegetation, coconut trees, and balsa-like trees up to 30 meters tall


Population: uninhabited


conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Palmyra Atoll

Digraph: LQ

Type: incorporated territory of the US; privately owned, but administered by the Office of Territorial and International Affairs, US Department of the Interior

Capital: none; administered from Washington, DC


Overview: no economic activity


Highways: much of the road and many causeways built during the war are unserviceable and overgrown

Ports: West Lagoon

total: 1
with unpaved runways 1,524 to 2,438 m: 1

Defense Forces

Note: defense is the responsibility of the US