50 Fascinating Facts about United States

The USA is a country located in North America. Its official name is the United States of America, or it also known as simply the United States. The country has a population of over 325 million, making it the third most populous in the world. In terms of area, it is over 3 million square miles and is the third largest by area. While there is no official language, over 70% of people in the USA practice some form of Christianity. The country has a federal presidential constitutional republic government. The capital is Washington, D.C. The largest city in the country is New York City. The national language is English, although there is no official language at the federal level. The official currency is the United States Dollar. The country's flag features 13 red and white stripes to represent the original colonies, with 50 white stars on a blue background that represent the country's 50 states.

United States Facts

1
The country's GDP is $17.95 trillion.
2
The nominal GDP per capita is $55,836.
3
Lake Superior is so big, that its water could cover North and South America in their entirety with one foot of water.
4
The most visited museum in the United States is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which receives 9 million visitors annually. It is the second most visited museum in the world, after the Louvre.
5
Women earned the right to vote in 1920. The 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.
6
Alaska's coastline is longer than the coastlines of the remaining states put together. Alaska also is the largest state by area, the least densely populated, and is home to 17 of the 20 tallest mountains in the country.
7
The Pentagon is the largest office building in the world, boasting 17 miles of corridors and twice the space of the Empire State Building.
8
The first university in the country was Harvard, which was founded in 1636.
9
Thirty-four percent of Americans are obese.
10
Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 at a price of just $7.2 million.
11
Three times as many cows as people live in the state of Montana.
12
Roughly 35 million Americans were related to at least one of the pilgrims who arrived to the country on the Mayflower back in 1620.
13
The largest amphitheater in the world can be found in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Bowl was opened in 1922 and can hold almost 18,000 people.
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The United States is also home to the largest indoor theater: New York's Radio City Music Hall. Many famous performers have set foot on the stage, which has also been the site of award shows.
15
More US presidents were born in Virginia than any other state. A total of eight presidents called the state of Virginia home.
16
The world's tallest roller coaster is located in New Jersey.
17
Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee commercially.
18
The United States has one of the highest rates of divorce in the world.
19
Interracial marriage was banned in the United States from 1776 to 1967.
20
About 30% of businesses in the United States are owned by women.
21
The United States Air Force is the largest air force in the world.
22
Almost 70% of U.S. firefighters are volunteers.
23
Congress voted the US free from Britain's rule on July 2. However, July 4 is when John Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence to announce the news.
24
Less than 1% of the total population lives in Washington D.C.
25
The US is just one of three countries that doesn't offer paid maternity leave.
26
Andrew Jackson received the most votes from the electoral college and won the popular vote, but lost the election of 1824.
27
The largest single-stem stree in the world is located in Califoria. It stands 275 feet tall.
28
Dinali, formerly Mount McKinley, is the highest point in North America, standing at a height of over 20,000 feet.
29
The last time the Liberty Bell rang was in 1846 on George Washington's birthday.
30
The longest cave system in the world is located in Kentucky. Over 3,400 miles have been mapped in the system.
31
The country's current flag was designed by a 17-year-old student as part of a school project.
32
The seven points on the Statue of Liberty's crown represents each of the seven continents.
33
During the construction of Mount Rushmore, 800 million pounds of stone were removed.
34
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is the oldest national park.
35
Crater Lake in Oregon is the deepest lake in the country, at a depth of 1,932 feet.
36
The majority of the world's tornadoes occur in the Midwest. This region is known as Tornado Alley.
37
The US consumes more petroleum than any other country in the world.
38
There is no official language in the United States. The most commonly spoken language is English, followed by Spanish.
39
The final state to join the U.S. was Hawaii, which joined in 1959. It is the only state made entirely of islands.
40
Neil Armstrong, an American, was the first person to walk on the moon in 1969.
41
The first black president, Barack Obama, was elected president in 2008. He was elected to serve a second term in 2012.
42
The largest coal reserves in the world are found in the United States.
43
Inhabitants have lived in North America for over 15,000 years.
44
In various polls, the United States was ranked last in overall health care among other rich nations.
45
Approximately 85% of Americans use the internet.
46
The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world. There are currently 2.2 million people in jail, or about 22% of the world's population of inmates.
47
The United States is on track to become a majority-minority country by the 2040s.
48
Washington Square in New York used to be a cemetary with over 20,000 people buried there.
49
An island that has no human residents but is completely inhabited by wild monkeys is located off the coast of South Carolina.
50
Ninety percent of the jury trials in the world occur in the United States.

The United States is a very diverse country that offers plenty to see and do for its residents and its visitors. From beautiful natural scenery to historic landmarks showcasing the rich history of the country to cities that offer all of the modern conveniences of today, the United States has plenty to see and do. With a mix of races, cultures, and beliefs, the U.S. is a land that provides freedom and love for all.

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