The United States is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean.
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Dialing code: +1
Currency: U.S. Dollar
- The United States of America is also called the USA, US, United States or sometimes America.
- On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was issued, establishing the United States of America.
- The US is the 4th largest country in the world by land area and 3rd by population.
- On February 25, 2013, the estimated population of the US was 315,568,000.
- The US is a diverse country with a multicultural society.
- The US has the world’s largest economy.
- The US developed the first nuclear weapons, using them on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the end of World War 2.
- The Mississippi and Missouri Rivers combine to form the longest river system in the US and the fourth longest in the world.
- Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 and is the largest state in the US by land area.
- Hawaii is the most recent of the 50 states in the US (joining in 1959) and is the only one made up entirely of islands.
- Most of the world’s tornadoes occur in the Midwest region of the US known as Tornado Alley.
- The most populated city in the US is New York City, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.
- English is the most commonly spoken language in the US, followed by Spanish.
- The first man to walk on the moon was American Neil Armstrong (July 21, 1969).
- The US was the leading force behind the development of the Internet.
- The US consumes more petroleum than any other country in the world.