Commonwealths & Territories in the U.S.
- American Samoa, Guam, and
the Virgin Islands are all territories of the United States. Washington,
D.C. and the Northern Mariana Islands are commonwealths. Puerto Rico
was once a territory, but is now a commonwealth.
- Territories and commonwealths
are partially self-governing areas that have not been granted statehood.
The indigenous peoples of these areas are citizens of the United States.
- These areas may have one non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives
Reprinted from Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids