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Insular area

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An insular area of the United States is a jurisdiction that is neither a part of one of the fifty states nor a part of the District of Columbia, America's federal district.

Insular area is the current generic term used by the U.S. State Department to refer to any commonwealth, freely associated state, possession or territory or Territory. In other contexts, U.S. insular areas may be described as dependencies, protectorates or dependent areas. (Dependent areas need not be under the formal jurisdiction of the United States.)

Residents of insular areas are U.S. citizens, although they cannot participate in the U.S. presidential election nor elect voting members of the U.S. Congress.

From July 18, 1947, until October 1, 1994, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands were considered insular areas.

Areas under U.S. control, but not considered insular areas:

Several islands in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea are considered insular areas of the United States:

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1 Inhabited
2 Uninhabited
3 Disputed
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Except for Navassa Island and Wake Island, all areas listed below are part of the
National Wildlife Refuge System administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service From July 18, 1947 until October 1, 1994, the U.S. administered the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, but recently entered into a new political relationship with all five political units (one of which is the Northern Mariana Islands listed above).


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