Facts About United States Of America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country comprising 50 states. At 3.8 million square miles (9.8 million km2), the United States is the world’s third or fourth largest country by total area. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City . (Source: Wikipedia). Here are some interesting facts about America

1. George Washington Wasn’t the First President to Live In the White House

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Nope, it wasn’t the first president of the United States America who lived in the White House, but John Adams and his wife Abigail. While Washington did oversee the construction of the house, he never lived in it. It began being built in 1792 and wasn’t inhabited until 1800. Since Adams, each president who has resided in the White House has made their own changes and additions. After all, they lived there!

2. Our Grand Old Flag

America’s greatest symbol: its flag. The current 50-star American flag was designed by a 17-year-old as a school project in 1958. He got a B-.

3. The Average American Throws Away 4.4 Pounds Of Trash Daily

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It sounds crazy, but this is true, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest 2012 figures. When you take into account America’s population, that means that around 1.4 billion pounds of trash gets thrown out in the United States every. Single. Day. This makes a nation of some of the most wasteful people on the entire planet.

Here are some interesting facts about America

4. Talk about a Great Lake

There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover the entire landmass of North and South America in one foot of liquid. 

5. A whole lotta pizza

Meanwhile, we sell enough pizza every day to cover 100 acres.

6. The Tallest President Was Abraham Lincoln

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The 16th president was a tall six-feet-four-inches, or 193 centimeters. Our smallest president to hold office was James Madison. The fourth president, whose term was served from 1809 to 1817, stood five feet and four inches tall, or 163 centimeters. He also weighed less than 100 pounds.

7. Our mighty military

The largest air force in the world is the U.S. Air Force. The world’s second-largest air force is the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps combined.

Here are some interesting facts about America

8. Cry me a (very old) river

Here are some facts about America you didn’t know: Three of the world’s five oldest rivers flow in the states. The New, the Susquehanna, and the French Broad Rivers are each hundreds of millions of years old

9. America’s deadliest job: President

Statistically, the deadliest job in America is … president. Of the 45 men who’ve held the post, four have been assassinated in office—a rate of roughly 9 percent (or about one in ten) killed on the job.

10. The Oldest President To Serve Was Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan, the former Hollywood star and governor of California, and our 40th president, took office at 69 and served two full terms, from 1981 to 1989, stepping down just a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday. Though, since our current president is 70, he could potentially beat out the Great Communicator.

11. An entrepreneurial president

The only U.S. president to own a patent and a saloon: Abraham Lincoln. His patent was for a device to lift boats over sandbars. His saloon was a miserable failure.

21. The president you don’t want to mess with

The only president who was an executioner: Grover Cleveland. As sheriff of Erie County, New York, he hanged a murderer.

13. The Statue Of Liberty Isn’t In New York

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facts about America The Statue of Liberty, which adorns pretty much every bit of tourist memorabilia you can purchase in the Big Apple, is actually not located in New York City at all. It’s technically in Jersey City, New Jersey. Who knew? The copper statue was a gift from France to the United States in October 1886.

14. In praise of the pilgrims

An estimated one in ten of us could be a blood relative to one of the original 102 pilgrims who arrived aboard the Mayflower in 1620.

15. Harvard Was the First University In the United States

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The school was founded in 1636, in Cambridge, Massachusetts—right across the Charles River from Boston.

16. The FBI is watching us

And roughly one in three of us has his or her fingerprints on file with the FBI.

17. The United States’ Debt Per Person Is $54,000

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Approximately 48 percent of all Americans are currently either considered to be low income or are living in poverty. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York estimates that 167,000 Americans have more than $200,000 in student loan debt. The unemployment rate is currently 4 percent, according to the most recent figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

18. The First Face Of The $1 Bill Wasn’t Washington

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The first person to appear on this most common bill was Salmon P. Chase. The first $1 bill was issued during the Civil War in 1862. Chase was the Secretary of Treasury at that time and was also the designer of the country’s first bank notes.

19. A nation of helpers

According to the World Giving Index, Americans are the most likely people in the world to help a stranger.

20. Uncle Sam Was a Real

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His name? Samuel Wilson. A meatpacker in Troy, New York, who fought in the American Revolution, he later became the official meat inspector for the northern army in the War of 1812. Wilson was given the nickname “Uncle Sam” for his good nature. According to HuffPost, when he started providing and inspecting meat for the troops during the War of 1812, the soldiers from Troy would joke that the initials “U.S.” label on the barrels actually stood for Uncle Sam. This idea was eventually expanded to all United States military items with “U.S.” And that’s how Uncle Sam came to be.

21. Thanks to our firemen

Case in point: Slightly more than 69 percent of firefighters in the United States are volunteers.

22. Our real Independence day

The day Congress voted us free from British rule is July 2, 1776. July 4 is just when John Hancock put the first signature on the Declaration of Independence to spread the word.

23. The highest court in the land

The highest court in the land

Finally, the real acme of the American justice system? That would be the basketball court on the fifth floor of the Supreme Court building. It’s known as the Highest Court in the Land.

Here are some interesting facts about America

24. If Texas Were Its Own Country, It Would Be Very, Very Wealthy

If Texas Were Its Own Country, It Would Be Very, Very Wealthy

Everything is bigger in Texas. The Lone Star State would have has the world’s 10th largest GDP if it were its own country. America’s largest state economy, though, would be California, which produced a slightly higher GDP than the whole of France in 2015.

25. The Happiest State In the Country Is Utah

the Happiest State In the Country Is Utah

On the personal finance site WalletHub, experts analyzed the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The used 28 key metrics of happiness, including emotional health, income level, social connectivity, and sports participation rates. Utah came in first, followed by Minnesota. Alabama and West Virginia rank as the unhappiest states in the country.

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