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Pago Pago ( PAHNG-oh-PAHNG-oh; Samoan: [ˈpaŋo ˈpaŋo]) is the territorial capital of American Samoa. It is in Maoputasi County on the main island of American Samoa, Tutuila.
Pago Pago is home to one of the deepest natural deepwater harbors in the South Pacific Ocean, sheltered from wind and rough seas, and strategically located. The harbor is also one of the best protected in the South Pacific, which gives American Samoa a natural advantage with respect to landing fish for processing. Tourism, entertainment, food, and tuna canning are its main industries. Pago Pago was the world's fourth largest tuna processor as of 1993. It was home to two of the largest tuna companies in the world: Chicken of the Sea and StarKist, which exported an estimated $445 million in canned tuna to the U.S. mainland. It is the number one port in the U.S. in terms of value of fish landed - about $200,000,000 annually.Pago Pago is the only modern urban center in American Samoa. It is also the main port of American Samoa. Pago Pago is home to the territorial government, all the industry and most of the commerce in American Samoa. The Greater Pago Pago Metropolitan Area encompasses several villages strung together along Pago Pago Harbor. One of the villages is itself named Pago Pago, and in 2010 had a population of 3,656. The constituent villages are, in order: Utulei, Fagatogo, Malaloa, Pago Pago, Satala and Atu'u. Fagatogo is the downtown area referred to as town and is home to the legislature, while the executive is located in Utulei. In Fagatogo is the Fono, Police Department, Port of Pago Pago, many shops and hotels. The Greater Pago Pago Area was home to 8,000 residents in 2000, and 15,000 in 2010.Rainmaker Mountain (Mount Pioa) is located in Pago Pago, and gives the city the highest annual rainfall of any harbor in the world. It stands protectively over the eastern side of Pago Pago, making it one of the most sheltered deepwater anchorages in the Pacific Ocean.The strategic location of Pago Pago Bay played a direct role in the political separation of Western and Eastern Samoa. The initial reason for the U.S.’ interest in Tutuila was the desire to use Pago Pago Harbor as a coaling station. The town is also the southernmost U.S. capital, and the only one located in the Southern Hemisphere.
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