Pohnpei State

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Pohnpei State
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Map of Pohnpei State
Map of Pohnpei State
Coordinates: 6°51′N 158°13′E / 6.850°N 158.217°E / 6.850; 158.217
POHNPEI STATE Latitude and Longitude:

6°51′N 158°13′E / 6.850°N 158.217°E / 6.850; 158.217
Country Federated States of Micronesia Federated States of Micronesia
 •  Governor of Pohnpei John Ehsa (since 2008)
 • Total 371.6 km2 (143.5 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 36,196
 • Density 97/km2 (250/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code FM-PNI
Website www.pohnpeimet.fm

Pohnpei State is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The other states are, from the east, Kosrae State, Chuuk State, and Yap State. The state's principal island is Pohnpei.


Pohnpei, when it was a district of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, initially contained Kosrae, which was a municipality of the district.


The state of Pohnpei is located in the Pacific Ocean. It is located near the eastern end of the Caroline Islands and is about midway between Honolulu and Manila. The land area of Pohnpei state is given as 133.2 square miles (345 km2).

Pohnpei's outer islands are low islands, and include Pingelap, Mokil, Ant, Pakin, Ngatik, Nukuoro, Oroluk, and Kapingamarangi; also included is the largely submerged Minto Reef.

With the exception of coastal plains, talus slopes and alluvial fans, most of Pohnpei Island, a high island, is ruggedly mountainous, lush and verdant, with the highest peak at 791 metres (2,595 ft). Its rainforest is dense and rich; extensive mangrove swamps line much of the low shore. The island is roughly circular in outline, its 80-mile (130 km) circumference is surrounded by a coral reef.