My friend Sue is still studying for her citizenship test, and today we were talking about 50 states and it came up why Puerto Rico is still a territory instead of a state. And it got me wondering, how many territories does the US have anyway?
According to Wikipedia, there are five inhabited territories and nine 9 un-inhabited territories:
The five inhabited territories are:
United States Virgin Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
The territories have different governmental structures, which I thought was interesting. Both the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico are Commonwealths while American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam have a governor. Commonwealths have voting privileges for all their citizens, while territories do not. All five territories do have elected representatives to U.S. Congress but they are non-voting representatives.