If you have family or friends who live in the USA or if you’re looking to move here, take a look at these 31 interesting facts about the USA and impress the locals with your quiz-busting knowledge!
The USA is a large country consisting of 50 states in North America.
It is bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.
Whether you’re planning on becoming a cowboy in the mid-west or a
New York urbanite, head for the coordinates 38.8833° N, 77.0167° W to find yourself in ‘The Land of Opportunity’.
Stars and Stripes – The U.S. Flag.
The US Flag is nicknamed the ‘Stars and Stripes’. It’s also known as ‘Old Glory’.
The flag features fifty stars – one star for each of the fifty states.
The terrain varies wildly throughout this huge country, with a vast central plain,
mountains in the west, hills and low mountains in the east, rugged mountains and valleys in Alaska and volcanic topography in Hawaii. The total land area of USA is 3,794,083 square miles (9,826,630 square kilometres)…
…that’s around half the size of Russia, or around 40 times the size of the
UK! USA’s population was 328.2 million in 2019…
…that’s around 5 times the UK population!
The capital is
Washington D.C.; it covers an area of 68 square miles (177 square kilometres) and had a population of 705,749 in 2019. Americans enjoy a mostly temperate climate, although Alaska is
arctic, whilst Hawaii and Florida are tropical. Incredibly, Alaska has a larger coastline than all the other 49 states combined…
…The state was bought from the Russians in 1867 – for just $7.2 million!
has been the busiest passenger airport in the world every year since 2000, and last year processed around 20 million more passengers than London Heathrow!
Erected in 1886, the iconic monument, the Statue of
Liberty is technically located in New Jersey, not New York.
Statue of Liberty
The official language of USA is of course, English!
Interestingly, the official state animal of
California is the Grizzly Bear, although no Grizzlies have been spotted in California since 1922! As you
may know, the official currency of the USA is the US Dollar. Founded in 1636, Harvard University was the first university in the U.S.
Apparently, 100 acres of
pizza are served in the USA every day! That’s a lot of pizza… Americans live for an average of 78.54 years (2017).
Did you know, 1 in 8 American workers has been employed by
McDonald ’ s? Amazingly, the
Library of Congress is archiving every Twitter ‘tweet’ ever posted. Are you tired of staring at your computer? Well, the average American probably is because on average they spend more than 10 hours a day using an electronic device!
fruits, wheat, corn and other grains; they also rear cattle, catch fish and produce forest products. Its industry consists of steel,
car manufacturing, petroleum, telecommunications, aerospace, chemicals and electronics. The grocery store Walmart is the largest company in the world by revenue, raking in an incredible $100 million a day!
In fact, of the top 50 largest companies in the world by revenue, 22 of them are based in the USA.
USA exports cars, capital goods (products which are used to create other products), industrial supplies, consumer goods and agricultural products.
Want to call your friends in the USA? You’ll need to use the international dialling code +1. Easy!
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