Where is United States?

Located in North America, the United States has a 12,048.00 km border with Canada (8,893 km) (including (2,477 km) with Alaska) and Mexico (3,155 km). It has a 19,924.00 km coastline. The United States has strained water sharing agreements with Mexico, and disputes some land boundaries with Canada in the Arctic.

Washington, D.C. is the capital city of the United States. It is also the seat of the government and houses the executive, judiciary, and the legislative arms. Washington D.C. was established in 1790 by the Residence Act when the states of Maryland and Virginia donated land to set up the capital. It has been the capital since 1800. As at 2016, the city had a population of 682,000 making it the 21st most populous city in the United States. Despite being an administrative city, Washington is also a popular tourist destination. Each year millions visit attractions such as the White House, the Library of Congress, Capitol Hill, the Lincoln Memorial, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The city experiences a humid subtropical climate with snow during the winter and hot and humid summers.

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The United States is a North American country covering 9,833,517.00 km2 of which 6.98% is water and 9,147,593.00 km2 is land. The area includes only the 50 states and District of Columbia but exludes 16 overseas territories. This makes it the 3rd largest country in the world and about half the size of Russia about three-tenths the size of Africa; about half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil slightly larger than China more than twice the size of the European Union. Its geographic coordinates are 38 00 N, 97 00 W and Washington is the capital city.

The name America comes from Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian explorer, navigator, and cartographer.

Its ISO code is US.


The United States has a mean elevation of 760 m above sea level. The peak of Mauna Kea (4,205 m above sea level) on the island of Hawaii rises about 10,200 m above the Pacific Ocean floor; by this measurement, it is the world's tallest mountain - higher than Mount Everest (8,850 m), which is recognized as the tallest mountain above sea level.

The climate is generally warm and temperate, which freezing temperatures rare. Its terrain consists of a vast central plain with mountains in the west, hills an dlow mountains in the east, broad river valleys in Alaska, and volcanic topography in Hawaii.


United States has a population of 323,995,528 making it the 3rd largest in the world. Population clusters can be found throughout several regions including the Great Lakes, eastern seaboard and extreme western states.

English, Spanish, and other Indo-European languages are most commonly spoken. The most common ethnic group is reported as white, followed by black and Asian. The majority of the population identifies as Roman Catholic or Christian.

The United States has no official language stipulated in the American Constitution. However, English is spoken by a majority of the population and is used at the official level. Several states outline English as their official language. Before gaining independence in 1776, areas that were to become the United States were colonies of Britain. Therefore, much of British culture including the English language was adopted. Over time, Americans developed their accent which was slightly different from British English. A large portion of the country uses English as their first language. As at 2016, 237.8 million people spoke English as a native language, 40 million spoke Spanish, and 3.4 million spoke Chinese. White Americans make up 61.3% of the population, while those identifying as Hispanics and the Latino make up 17.8%. African Americans make up 17.8%.

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The dialing code for the country is 1.


United States is an independent country. It declared independence in 1776. Its constitution was last ratified in 1788.

The federal government of the United States is responsible for governing the Union. It is divided into the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary. Power is divided between the state and the federal governments with both parties handling specific issues. The states are headed by governors while the federal government is headed by the president. The president is elected for a maximum of two four-year terms. The government is located in Washington D.C, which is the capital city of the United States. The Congress consists of members of representatives and senators. Each state elects two senators while the 435 constituencies each elect a single member.

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Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, United States's GDP is $18,600,000,000,000.00 (USD) with $57,300.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 2nd largest economy and its citizens the 19th richest in the world. The currency of United States is the Dollar (USD).

Its major export partners are Canada, Mexico, and China. Its main exports are agricultural products, industrial supplies, and capital goods. Its major import partners are China, Canada, and Mexico. Its major imports include agricultural products, industrial supplies, capital goods, and consumer goods.


The flag of the United States, also known as the American flag, is the official flag of the United States of America. The first version of the flag was designed by Francis Hopkinson for the U.S Navy and was adopted by Congress as the official flag of the Union on June 14, 1777. It is made up of a blue rectangle with 50 white stars at the canton and thirteen alternating red and white stripes. The initial flag consisted of thirteen stars representing the thirteen colonies who had fought for independence. As more states joined the Union, the number of stars increased and the flag had to be redesigned to accommodate extra stars. The flag's current design was designed by a high school student named Robert G. Heft. It was then commissioned by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on July 4, 1960.

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