The United States of America – 70 Interesting Facts

The United States of America

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 United States of America offers such a diverse collection of attractions. While every major city may each have a great art museum or two, fantastic zoos/aquariums, monuments, historical sites and theme parks of some sort or another – they each differ in their own special way.

This inspires and motivates to dig a little deeper into finding out how things got to where they are today. Today let’s dig up to know how the city is set up and take a visit to those iconic picture-perfect spots that we’ve always seen across the media. Get ready to learn about everything in the country that’s the leading force behind the development of the Internet to find out which major American city does not have any cemeteries. So here it is folks, starting with my all-time favorite fact about the third most populous country in the world.

Interesting Facts of The United States of America:

  1. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was issued, establishing The United States of America.
  2. In 1783, the United States became the first country to gain independence from a European power.
  3. The U.S. was formed by thirteen colonies of Great Britain after defeating Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War.
  4. The country has a population of over 325 million, making it the third most populous in the world.
  5. The US is a diverse country with a multicultural society.
  6. The U.S. does not have any official language.]
  7. English is the most commonly spoken language in the US, followed by Spanish.
  8. The United States Air Force is the largest air force in the world.
  9. It was founded on September 18, 1947. 
  10. The USAF with more than 5,369 military aircraft is the most technologically advanced air force in the world.
  11. 5. The current U.S. flag was designed by a high school student – Robert G. Heft.
  12. The U.S. is the world’s largest economy by nominal GDP and the world’s second-largest economy by PPP.
  13. The country’s GDP is $17.95 trillion.
  14. The nominal GDP per capita is $55,836.
  15. American inventors who’ve come up with inventions that have changed the world can’t be missed. Which includes a transistor, the internet, the lightbulb, the airplane and of course the improved cell phone by Martin Cooper.
  16. Even though China is the world’s biggest consumer and producer of coal, the United States has the world’s largest coal reserves.
  17. GPS is owned and controlled by Americans.
  18. The United States is on track to become a majority-minority country by the 2040s.
  19. Costs associated with higher education constitute 3 percent of the gross national product.

Regional facts of America:

  1. The United States (9,833,517 sq km) is more than twice the size of the European Union (4,475,757 sq km).
  2. In terms of area, it is over 3 million square miles and is the third largest by area. 
  3. The United States experiences the highest rate of tornadoes of any country in the world.
  4. The majority of them (tornadoes) occur in the Midwest. This region is known as Tornado Alley.
  5. On average, the country deals with more than 1000 tornadoes every year.
  6. Alaska has the longest coastline of any state while Florida has the second longest.
  7. An island that has no human residents but is completely inhabited by wild monkeys is located off the coast of South Carolina.
  8. Inhabitants have lived in North America for over 15,000 years.
  9. The final state to join the U.S. was Hawaii, which joined in 1959. It is the only state made entirely of islands.
  10. The longest cave system in the world is located in Kentucky. Over 3,400 miles have been mapped in the system.
  11. The world’s tallest battle monument is found in Houston. It’s called the San Jacinto Monument and it was dedicated in 1939 and stands 570-feet high, 15-feet above the Washington monument.
  12. Crater Lake in Oregon is the deepest lake in the country, at a depth of 1,932 feet.

Social facts of America:

The United States of America
  1. 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.
  2. Obesity costs Americans $147 billion each year.
  3. More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese.
  4. Often referred to as “The land of the Free”, Americans have the right to express themselves freely in print and speech.
  5. Women earned the right to vote in 1920. The 19th amendment granted women the right to vote.
  6. About 30% of businesses in the United States are owned by women.
  7. The US is just one of three countries that don’t offer paid maternity leave.
  8. The United States has one of the highest rates of divorce in the world.
  9. Interracial marriage was banned in the United States from 1776 to 1967.
  10. Americans can travel the world quite freely. And they can pride themselves with the fact that they have one of the world’s best passports.
  11. Pizza might originate from Italy. But reports claim that the pizzas that Americans eat every day would cover an area of 100 acres.
  12. Globally, the U.S. uses almost 1/4 of the world’s energy.
  13. Ninety percent of the jury trials in the world occur in the United States.
  14. The US consumes more petroleum than any other country in the world.
  15. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is the oldest national park.
  16. The Pentagon is the largest office building in the world by area, with 17 miles of corridors. 
  17. The seven points on the Statue of Liberty’s crown represents each of the seven continents.
  18. The first man to walk on the moon was American Neil Armstrong (July 21, 1969).

Educational facts of America:

  1. There are over 4,000 accredited colleges and universities in the U.S. Which enroll over 15 million students and grants over two million degrees a year.
  2. Harvard is the oldest college in the United States. It is also the first and oldest corporation in the United States.
  3. Harvard receives the largest financial endowments of any institution in the world at $26 billion.
  4. The majors with the best pay include Engineering, Economics, and Physics.
  5. The worst paying majors are Social Work, Theology, Elementary Education, Music, Spanish, Horticulture, Education, Fine Arts, Hospitality/Tourism, and Drama.
  6. Approximately 2.94 million U.S. students graduate from more than 27,000 high schools each year. Meaning each college applicant is competing against 27,000 valedictorians, 27,000 salutatorians, 27,000 student government presidents, and 27,000 editors-in-chief.
  7. Yale has the second largest academic library in the nation. Boasting 9.5 million volumes. Harvard’s is the largest, with 13.6 million volumes.
  8. The SAT was developed by Carl Brigham. Who, in the early twentieth century, felt that American education was declining due to racial mixing. The SAT was administered for the first time to high school students in 1926.
  9. Colleges have found that when a college has 60% of girls, high school boys stop applying there.
  10. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is currently investigating whether colleges are discriminating in favor of boys. In order to achieve gender balance.
  11. The most difficult locations in which to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship are Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia.
  12. The easiest states in which to qualify are Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Wyoming.
  13. The graduation cap was initially a “hood”. It is believed to date back to the Celtic time when Druid priests wore capes and hoods to symbolize their intelligence. Historically, academic dress for faculty or students was a clerical dress.
  14. The most difficult locations in which to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship are: Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. The easiest states in which to qualify are: Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Wyoming.

Fun facts of America:

  1. Chicago is the birthplace of the first-ever Ferris wheel. Which was 264-feet tall and debuted in the 1893 World’s Fair.
  2. There are 13 stripes on the American National flag. Representing the original thirteen colonies. And there were thirteen stars arranged in a circle. However, today, there are 50 stars for 50 states.
  3. The flag has had 27 versions since its debut.
  4. The most popular team sports in the US are American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey.
  5. The U.S. has won the most Olympic Medals of all times.
  6. The US was the leading force behind the development of the Internet.
  7. The most populated city in the US is New York City, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.

I actually included a lot more facts than I said I would because that’s the way America is. And still, these are just a few of the more interesting ones. But I really hoped you enjoyed them. The United States of America 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.

Which fact did you find the most intriguing? Are there any great facts that I left out? We would love to hear from you in the comments.

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