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United States of America

Common English Name: United States of America (US or USA)

Capital: Washington, D.C.

REGION
North America
NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
Mexico (South)
Canada (North)
NEIGHBORING BODIES OF WATER
Atlantic Ocean (East)
Pacific Ocean (West)
Arctic Ocean (North)
TOTAL AREA
9,826,675 km2 (93.2% land, 6.8% water)
TOTAL LAND BOUNDARIES
12,034 km
TOTAL COASTLINE
19,924 km
CLIMATE
Mostly temperate
Tropical in Hawaii and Florida (south)
Arctic in Alaska (northwest)
TERRAIN
Vast central plain
Mountains in west
Hills and low mountains in east
HIGHEST POINT
Mount McKinley (6,194 m)
LOWEST POINT
Death Valley (-86 m)
NATURAL RESOURCES
Coal
Copper
Lead
Molybdenum
Phosphates
Earth metals
Uranium
Bauxite
Gold
Mercury
Natural gas
Timber
NATURAL DISASTERS
Tsunamis
Volcanic activity
Earthquakes
Hurricanes
Tornadoes
Mudslides
Forest fires
Flooding
Permafrost
DEMONYM
American
LARGEST ETHNIC GROUPS1
White (72.4%)
Black (12.6%)
Asian (4.8%)
Native American/Amerindian2 (0.9%)
Pacific Islander3 (0.2%)
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE(S)
English (de facto)
Hawaiian (in Hawaii)
OTHER MAJOR LANGUAGE(S)
Spanish
LARGEST RELIGIOUS GROUPS
Protestant (46.5%)
Atheist (22.8%)
Roman Catholic (20.8%)
Jewish (1.9%)
Mormon (1.6%)
Muslim (0.9%)
POPULATION
323,995,528
LARGEST CITY
New York City (8,550,405)
OTHER MAJOR CITIES
Los Angeles (3,971,883)
Chicago (2,720,546)
Houston (2,296,224)
Philadelphia (1,567,442)
Phoenix (1,563,025)
GOVERNMENT TYPE
Constitution-based federal republic
HEAD OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT
President Donald Trump
ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
50 States
1 District
INDEPENDENCE GAINED
4 July 1776 (from Great Britain)
NATIONAL SYMBOL
Bald eagle
NATIONAL ANTHEM
The Star-Spangled Banner
GDP PER CAPITA
$55,800 (USD)
CURRENCY
$ (United States Dollar)
INTERNET COUNTRY CODE
.us
TELEPHONE COUNTRY CODE
+1

Americans like to smile a lot, even at strangers, and this becomes more true the older the person.

An informal attitude prevails among most Americans; do not take this as their being disrespectful.

Shaking hands in a social environment is not always required, especially if it is between opposite sexes. However, if you do, make sure you hold eye contact.

Holding the middle finger up by itself is considered a rude and obscene gesture. Be careful, as many non-Americans tend to point or make gestures with their middle finger alone without thinking.

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html (Majority of information)

http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-02.pdf (Ethnic data)

https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?src=bkmk (City population data)

Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)

Information accurate to best of ability as of 26 December 2016

1Those of Hispanic or Latino background (denoted primarily as White or Black) have heritage from Latin America, South America, and/or the Caribbean. They make up 16.3% of Americans.

2Includes native Alaskans

3Includes native Hawaiians