There is no indigenous life on Ascension. The actual population comprises of the manpower and the persons who run the island’s organisations, as well as their families. Out of the 1’100 inhabitants of the island, 700 come from St-Helena. They are nicknamed the "Saints". The remaining population are either of British or American origin. Few people live at Georgetown; the majority of the inhabitants have their homes in Two Boat Village. The workforce of the RAF lives at Traveller’s Hill and those who work for the U.S. Army stay at Cat Hill.
Harmony and peaceful living amongst the inhabitants make place for a pleasant social climate. There is neither any theft nor any attack. The community does not tolerate any offence and this helps to win respect among each other. The inhabitants feel no need to lock up their houses or to remove their car keys from the ignition. This unusually pleasant freedom is, however, rarely noticed in our civilisation.
The inhabitants of Ascension lead a simple and relatively comfortable life. Numerous structures look after the welfare of the workforce: transport, canteen, laundry, relaxation, etc.
Unemployment and poverty are non-existent, as it is impossible to stay in the island without a job contract (except for tourists). Although their salaries are not high, the "Saints" like their jobs in Ascension, this allow them to sustain their families left back in St-Helena. The salaries are exempt from income taxes and most of the American and British wage earners receive expatriation grants.
The cost of living is nearly similar to that prevailing in Britain, excluding some exceptions which are highly valued by the residents: the prices of drinks in bars are clearly inferior to the current prices in Britain and the inhabitants do not deprive themselves of this unique opportunity! The cost of petrol is also very competitive.
Their daily diet is generally "British" or "American". At Cat Hill, in the American military base, hamburger, pizza, fish & chips, beer and coca have already established their rules. In Traveller’s Hill, occupied by the RAF, we eat a more "European" kind of food. There are no local specialties except for some recipes that originate from St-Helena. We can barely find any grown fruits or vegetables; those as well as many other products are imported from either Britain or South Africa. The climate as well as the land does not allow the possibility to develop agriculture on a large scale.
Sports and recreation
The actual infrastructures have been set up for the workforce by the organisations operating on the island: sports grounds, swimming pools, converted beaches, library, etc.
Various sporting installations are available to play football, baseball, cricket, tennis, squash and thus, many competitions are regularly carried out. Georgetown’s golf course boasts about appearing in the Guinness Book as the worst golf course in the whole world! Fortunately, at "One Boat", another golf course allows the practice of this sport under better conditions but in a landscape which differs considerably from the traditional golf courses. There, people are fond of walking as a good and sound infrastructure of roads and various outings possibilities exist. Due to the strong currents and huge waves, only some sheltered beaches allow safe swimming; several swimming pools compensate for this shortage. Fishing is by far the favourite pastime of the islanders; Ascension must be among the best places in the world for deep-sea fishing and the population always participates whenever the occasion arises! Large oceanic fishes like the marlin, the tuna, the wahoo or the dorado can be caught. Diving is also very popular and enables the observation of a fauna rich in fishes (see "Diving" item).
Like in all British colonies, we must drive on the left-hand side. The maximum speed allowed is 65km/h (40mph) but does not seem to be much abided by! The road network is quite well developed, a great deal of the island’s roads have been re-constructed with the surplus of macadam left back at the time when the landing strip was being widened. There exists a unique filling station on the island whose opening hours are somewhat unusual. Ascension has no traffic lights, roundabouts, motorways or congestion. It has, however, its own dangers: sheep or donkeys have a disturbing tendency to roam across roads without prior warning, especially at dawn!