- 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.
- 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.
- The tallest mountain the US is Mt McKinley, located in the state of Alaska it reaches 20,320 ft (6,194 m) above sea level.
- 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 consumes more petroleum than any other country in the world.
- The most popular team sports in the US are American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey.
- Most people think that .com is the US top level domain, but this is actually a global one – the US one is .us, although it also controls .mil, .gov and .edu
- The US has no official federal language, although more than half of its states have English as their official language and most Americans speak English. Spanish is another major language, particularly in the South West.
- Citizens of the USA are called Americans. The USA is located in the continent of North America.
- The dialing code to call the USA internationally is 1.
- The USA declared independence on July 4th, 1776 from Britain. This was recognized on September 3rd, 1783.
- The USA is bordered to the North by Canada and to the South by Mexico. It has a free trade agreement with these countries called NAFTA.
- The national motto of the USA is In God We Trust.
- The national bird is the Bald Eagle.
- The national flower is the Rose.
- The national anthem is entitled The Star-Spangled Banner.
- The USA only has had 43 presidents despite Barack Obama being the 44th! This is because Grover Cleveland was President twice, 22nd and 24th.
- The USA has 50 states plus various territories. Recently Puerto Rico voted to become a state too.
- Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work.
- The seven rays on the crown of the Statue of Liberty represent the seven continents. Each measures up to 9
feet in length and weighs as much as 150 pounds
- The American one-dollar bill contains several hidden images, including a spider in the upper right-hand
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – 50 years to the day after the signing of
the Declaration of Independence.
- The Liberty Bell was last rung on George Washington’s Birthday in 1846. It received its fatal crack a few
- US Highway 550 in Colorado became known as Million Dollar Highway because its roadbed was paved with
low-grade gold ore.
- The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin. Puerto Rico is number two. Perhaps Puerto Rico really would fit in as the 51st state.
- There are three towns in the United States that have the name “Santa Claus“.
- The original name of the city of Atlanta was “Terminus“.