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The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (or US), is by far the most famous country in the world. It’s famous for its attractions, tech innovation, sports, movies, films, monuments, and more. Let’s start with some basic information about the United States of America.
Key takeaway
The United States is a country of 48 contiguous states, plus Hawaii, Alaska, Washington DC, and five permanently inhabited territories. It is the home to the world’s oldest federal government; the world’s largest economy by nominal GDP; and the world’s second largest economy by PPP.

  • Official name: United States of America
  • Other names: “the States,” “the USA,” “the US,” and “America”
  • Capital: Washington, D.C. (capital, Washington, DC)
  • 50 states and 14 territories (only 5 of the 14 territories have permanent residents)
  • Area: 3,794,083 square miles (9,826,630 square kilometers)
  • Population: 332,785,000+ (Click HERE)

  • Form of government: Constitution-based federal republic
  • Three branches (legislative, executive, and judicial)
  • Three levels (federal, state, and local
  • Money: US dollar
  • Religion: More than half are Christian, followed by Judaism (1.6%), Islam (0.5%), etc.
  • No official language at the federal level

  • Alaska is the largest state with the longest coastline.
  • Rhode Island and Deleware are the two smallest states in geographic size.
  • Puerto Rico is the most populous inhabited territory.
  • California is the most populous state with over 39 million residents - more all in Canada.
  • Wyoming is the least populated state with only 577,000 residents.

  • Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world
  • Hollywood is the center of entertainment
  • Denali (Mt. McKinley) is the highest point and Death Valley is the lowest point.
  • The highest mountain in the world is Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
  • The Missouri River is the longest river, and Crater Lake in Oregon is the deepest lake.
  • The five Great Lakes in the United States are Superior, Ontario, Erie, Michigan, and Huron.
  • Common questions
    What does the phrase melting pot mean?
    A melting pot refers to a place where a variety of peoples, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole. The United States is sometimes described as a "melting pot", in which different cultures have contributed their own distinct "flavors" to American culture.

    What are the US’s five permanently inhabited territories?
    Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the commonwealths of the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico

    What are the most visited attractions in the US?
    For example, Empire State Building (NYC), Lincoln Memorial (DC), Golden Gate Bridge (SF), and the Mount Rushmore in Keystone

    What are some of the natural wonders in the America?
    For example, Grand Canyon National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and more.

    What are some of the symbols and monuments in the America?
    Prehistoric Rock Art of the Southwest, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Lake Powell, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Chautauqua Institution and Movement, The Breakers, Sweet Grass Hills

    What are some of the famous and iconic highways?
    Route 66, also known as the “Mother Road”, Pacific Coast Highway (one of the most traveled roads in the country), Great River Road (named an All-American Road), Going-To-The-Sun Road (driving is described as downright scar but also breathtaking)

    What are the museums and historical significance in the US?
    According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), there are more than 35,000 museums in the US.
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • The Freedom Trail and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in Boston
  • Independence Hall, Philadelphia (the place where the United States was born)
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • US Capitol and the National Mall, DC (the heart of it is the US Capitol)
  • The National September 11 Memorial Museum, Library of Congress