Facts About America

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The United States of America is commonly referred to as America or the States or even USA or just US. There are a number of basic and interesting facts about the country. It is the World’s largest economy and was the first one to develop and use nuclear weapons.

Quick Facts about America

  • Name: United States of America
  • Alternate Names: the U.S. of A and Uncle Sam
  • Total Land Area: 9,857,306 square kilometers
  • Location: Continent or North America
  • Water %: 2.23
  • Neighboring countries (land): Mexico and Canada
  • Estimated Population: 320,206,000  – making it the 4th largest in the World
  • Independence Day: July 4, 1776
  • Currency:  United States dollar or USD or the symbol $
  • Per Capita Income: $49,601
  • International Calling code: +1
  • Internet Top Level Domains: .us   / .gov   / .mil   / .edu
  • Time zone: UTC−5 to −10, summers with daylight saving time -4 to -10
  • Confederation Day: March 1, 1781
  • Constitution Day: June 21, 1788
  • Capital City: Washington, D.C.
  • Citizens are called as: Americans
  • Largest City: City of New York
  • Most populated cities: 1st comes New York, then Los Angeles followed by Chicago
  • National Language: English (American)
  • National Anthem: titled “ The Star-Spangled Banner”
  • National Bird: Bald Eagle
  • National Flower: Rose
  • Government: Republic
  • Current President: Barack Obama
  • Current Vice President: Joseph Biden
  • John Boehner : Current Speaker of the House
  • John Roberts : Current Chief Justice
  • Motto: “In God we trust” and “E Pluribus Unum” which means – Out Of Many, One
  • National Pledge: Pledge of Allegiance
  • National March: is the “Stars and Stripes Forever”
  • Recognized regional languages: English comes first, closely followed by Spanish. Then the other popular ones are French and Hawaiian. Also there is Samoan, Carolinian, Chamorro and 19 Native Alaskan languages.
  • National Holidays: Labor Day, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day
  • Permanent Residency Proof: Green Card
  • Visa Requirements for tourists: Yes with exceptions for citizens of select countries under the Visa Waiver Program. They need to apply for ESTA visa and check its status before traveling
  • States: 50 namely the following in alphabetic order
    • Alabama
    • Alaska
    • Arizona
    • Arkansas
    • California
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • Delaware
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Hawaii
    • Idaho
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Michigan
    • Minnesota
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • NewHampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New Mexico
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oklahoma
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina
    • South Dakota
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Utah
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • West Virginia
    • Wisconsin
    • Wyoming

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