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Dededo is the most populated village in the United States territory of Guam. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dededo's population was just under 45,000 in 2010. The village is located on the coral plateau of Northern Guam.EtymologyThe origin of the name Dededo is not clear. It is speculated that it is derived from the Chamorro word for two inches, dededo, or it is a modification of the word dedeggo, meaning "heel of the foot," or deggo, which refers to the tiptoes.HistoryBefore World War II, Dededo Village was at the bottom of Macheche Hill. Dededo grew into a major village after the war when the U.S. Navy constructed housing for displaced Guamanians and for laborers coming from off-island to help in Guam's development.Following Typhoon Karen in 1962, Kaiser Subdivision in Dededo was constructed for islanders displaced by the storm. Further housing subdivisions were constructed increasing the village's population.GeographyDededo is located at the north central part of the island roughly at the center of population. It encompasses an area of about 30sqmi of Guam’s 209sqmi. The headquarters for the Guam National Wildlife Refuge are in Dededo.EducationPrimary and secondary schoolsPublic schoolsGuam Public School System serves the island.The village has six K-5 elementary schools: Astumbo Elementary School Finegayan Elementary School Juan M. Guerrero Elementary School Liguan Elementary School (opened on August 21, 2008) Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School Wettengel Elementary School Vicente S.A. Benavente Middle School and Astumbo Middle School (opened on August 21, 2008) are in Dededo.
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