Key Facts about the United States of America

United States Facts


The United States of America is located on the continent of North America. Bordered by the North Pacific Ocean to the west, the North Atlantic Ocean to the east, Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.

Land Area

The total land area of the United States of America is 9 631 420 km² of which 9 161 923 km² is land. The highest point is Mount McKindley measuring 6 194 m high. The lowest point is Death Valley as -86 m.


The capital city of the United States of America is Washington, DC.


The USA is made up of 51 administrative divisions, i.e. 50 states and 1 district. These are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Time Zones

The USA has 8 time zones these are:
Atlantic Standard Time (AST)
Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Central Standard Time (CST)
Mountain Standard Time (MST)
Pacific Standard Time (PST)
Alaskan Standard Time (AST)
Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST)
Samoa Standard Time (UTC-11)


The flag of the United States was designed with 13 horizontal alternating red and white stripes of equal width. A blue rectangle is situated in the upper corner of the hoist-side. 50 white, 5-pointed stars are are arranged within the rectangle.


As of July 2006, the population of the USA was 298 444 215 with a growth rate of 0.91%. The population is made up of the following: 81.7% white, 12.9% black, 4.2% Asian, 1% Alaska and Amerindian native, 0.2% Hawaiian and Pacific islander.


As of 2002 the statistics of religious affiliation was as follows: 52% Protestant, 24% Roman Catholic, 2% Mormon, 1% Jewish, 1% Muslim, 10% other and 10% none.

Agricultural Products and Main Industries

Agricultural products of the USA include: vegetables, fruits, corn, wheat, grains, cotton, poultry, beef, fish, pork, dairy products and forest products. The United States is considered a leading industrial power. Industry in the USA is diverse and technology is well advanced. The chief industries in the US are: petroleum, mining, steel, lumber, aerospace, consumer goods, motor vehicles, food processing, chemicals, telecommunications and electronics.


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