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U.S. Census 2000 states that there are approximately 875,000 Polynesians living in the US today.  That amounts to about 0.3% of the population.
US Samoans Follow-Up
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US Samoans Follow-Up

In our prime?

Looking at the data from the census report, the median age of Samoans in the US is 24.  We said that it could mean we, as Samoans, haven’t reached our prime.  This assumption was conceived while considering the median age of the whole US is 35 years old.  We thought that this median age of 24 was attributed to the fact that Samoans are still having kids. 

Since the US average birth rate is dropping, the median age is going up overall.  Samoans on the other hand still have a large youth population that helps keep the median age low.

The other fatal reason

One reader commented, “Maybe, the reason Samoans are so young, is because the older generation is dying off because of diseases like Diabetes.”  This is a fact that no Samoan can deny.  Each of us knows or is related to at least three Samoans with this deadly disease.  

Many have fallen to the effects of this killer.  Many of us have lost loved ones.  What do we do about it?  We don’t know.  We can donate money to the causes that are fighting it.  We can love and spend time with those that have it.  We can eat right and exercise and teach our kids these healthy habits and we can pray for them.

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