As a federal republic in North America, the United States includes 50 states, the District of Columbia, and a number of outlying islands and possessions like Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa. After China and India, the United States of America is the world’s third most populous country.
The United States has a long history of embracing immigrants from every corner of the globe. Much of this history can be ascribed to the American Dream—the concept that anyone can come to America with nothing and prosper through hard work and determination.
Immigrants have shaped the U.S. nation significantly by introducing novel ideas, cultures, customs, and languages. Their efforts contribute significantly to the diversity of the United States.
The following are some interesting facts about the United States that you should be aware of!
1: The first president to live in the white house was John Adams.
Despite the fact that President George Washington oversaw its construction, he never lived there. The White House’s first tenants, President John Adams and his wife, Abigail, did not move in until 1800, when the building was virtually done. Each President has made his own additions and alterations since then.
2: The true date of the United States’ Independence Day is July 2 rather than July 4.
In an official declaration of independence from Great Britain, the Continental Congress decided to endorse a resolution filed by Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee on July 2, 1776, in a vote that was broadcast worldwide. Founder John Adams hoped that the second of July would be observed as a national holiday for decades to come. Following the vote on independence on July 2, the Continental Congress was tasked with drafting a text that would explain the decision to the general public. Initially offered in draught form by the Committee of 5, it took two days for lawmakers to agree on final revisions before it was passed by Congress. The words “IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776” are at the top of the Declaration because that is the day the official version was signed in Philadelphia.
3: The United States of America is the third-largest country on the planet.
The United States is the continent’s second-largest country, with a total area of 3,617,827 square miles (9,372,610 square kilometers). The United States is the third-largest country in the world, with a population of more than 331 million people and a landmass nearly as large as all of Europe.
4: There are 9 states in the United States where cattle outnumber people.
According to the most recent data, the states of Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming have a lower population of humans than cows. South Dakota has the most cattle per capita in the United States, followed by Nebraska and Montana. Cattle outnumber people in South Dakota by a factor of more than four to one.
5: Joe Biden is the oldest president in American history.
At the age of 78, President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021, making him the oldest person in US history to hold the office.
6: United States has the most diverse climate in the world.
Because of its vast geographic range, the United States of America is known for having the most diverse climate on Earth. Tropical, dry, temperate, continental, and polar regions are the only countries on earth that have climate zones that correspond to all five of the planet’s five climate zones.
7: The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people to commemorate the French-American cooperation during the American Revolutionary War. The statue, sculpted by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was meant to symbolise the American embrace of immigrants and refugees.
8: Americans are the only ones who have walked on the moon’s surface.
In total, 12 American astronauts have walked on the Moon, all of them as part of the Apollo space exploration programme. At the end of October 2021, four of them were still alive. The crewed Apollo lunar landing missions took place between July 1969 and December 1972, with all of them taking place on the Moon.
9: The world’s tallest mountain is found in the United States.
When measured from the seafloor, Mauna Kea in Hawaii is actually taller than Mount Everest. While it is just 13,803 feet above sea level, it is almost 30,610 feet tall when measured from the underwater base, while Mount Everest is 29,032 feet tall.
10: Over 9 out of 10 Americans have consumed pizza in the last month.
The United States consumes the equivalent of nearly 100 acres of pizza per day, according to some estimates, with approximately 3 billion pizzas being sold in the country every year. A large surge in pizza delivery orders occurs around the time of the Super Bowl.