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Saipan is the largest island of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Commonwealth's centre of government is located in the village of Capital Hill on the island. Saipan is often referred to as the capital of the Northern Mariana Islands. Tourism has long been a vital source of the island's revenue. In years past, the main economic driving force in Saipan was garment manufacturing, however there are no garment manufacturers left on the island.The Northern Mariana Islands are in Oceania. They consist of islands in the North Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. Tropical marine; moderated by northeast trade winds, little seasonal temperature variation; dry season December to June, rainy season July to October. Southern islands are limestone with level terraces and fringing coral reefs; northern islands are volcanic.The official language is English. Carolinian, Chamorro and Japanese are also widely spoken. The main religion is Christianity.The economy of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands benefits from substantial subsidies and development assistance from the United States. The economy also relies on tourism, especially from Japan, and up until recently on the garment manufacturing sector.The population in Saipan is 0.048 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is -0.8% (2014 est.).