The USA has plenty of remarkable facts you might not know. Don’t believe us? Well, you’ll need to just stick around to see for yourself. Across this great country lies a diverse population of people of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, eager to live out the American dream, own some land, a house, and maybe a dog or two. From facts about American history to American culture to geography facts about the USA, there are plenty of fun facts to learn about the United States. Ready to learn more about Uncle Sam? Here are 25 Remarkable Facts About The USA.
The federal government owns 46% of the land in the West. Of the states where the government owns the most land, Nevada takes the cake, where they own 85% of the land there.
There's a good reason the largest of the Great Lakes is called Lake Superior. It's so massive it could cover all of North and South America in one foot of water.
Along with being the largest state, Alaska also has the longest coastline of all the states' coastlines combined, covering 6,640 miles (10,686 kilometers).
While Betsy Ross is attributed as being the person to create the American flag, the flag we know today was designed by Bob Heft as a high schooler in 1958. When he submitted his design to the White House, they chose it over thousands of others. He even designed a flag representing 51 states just in case one was added later.
The United States has the largest Air Force, operating a whopping 5,600 aircrafts of all types. It also has 312,000 active-duty members.
South Dakota has substantially more cows than humans. With a human population of 859,000 and a cow population of 3.9 million, humans are outnumbered 4.5 to 1.
Designated as a national monument in 1924, The Statue of Liberty is usually associated with New York, but it's actually located in New Jersey.
The United States is home to three of the oldest rivers in the world. All located in the Appalachian mountains, they're called the New, the Susquehanna, and French Broad rivers. The New River is considered the oldest of the three.
The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles is one of the world's largest natural amphitheaters, capable of holding up to 18,000 people. It's hosted many famous composers and celebrities during its lifetime.
Beautiful, majestic, and protected by federal law, the United States has 58 National Parks visited by thousands of people every day.
GPS is owned by the United States government and run by the Department of Defense. At any time, they could turn it off, but it never has since its inception.
As of 2017, the United States leads the world as the most obese nation with 109,342,839 obese people. That is 33.70% of the population.
Last rung in celebration of George Washington's birthday in 1846, the Liberty Bell cracked only a few hours later. As a side note, it also has Pennsylvania spelled wrong on it.
While we all know George Washington is on the one-dollar bill, that hasn't always been the case. Originally, Salmon P. Chase, Abraham Lincoln's secretary of the treasury, was the first to have his face on it when it debuted in 1863. It took six years for them to swap him out with Washington.
While today the United States' national debt has ballooned to astronomical levels, in 1835 it had zero nationally debt. That, of course, only lasted for a year.
Americans love to grill. In fact, 81% of Americans have an outdoor grill, and 47% barbecue twice weekly in the summer.
The United States leads the world in number of craft breweries with a total of 4,750.
Every day, Americans eat 100 acres of pizza, roughly 350 slices a second. 3 billion pizzas are sold a year, which probably shouldn't be a surprise, considering we're the leader in obesity.
The US is the leading producer of natural gas in the world. They produce 766,200,000,000 cubic meters of natural gas each year.
Three towns in the United States are named Santa Claus. They're in Indiana, Georgia, and Arizona, with Indiana having the highest population of the three.
While Britain has produced the most best-selling bands, the United States takes the cake for most best-selling solo artists.
In the United States, it costs more to mint a penny than its actual value. In 2014, it cost 1.7 cents which was lower than the 2.4 cents in 2011.
Americans love their coffee, but few states actually produce it. Hawaii is the only state that produces coffee.
The United States Library of Congress is archiving every tweet ever to go public for future generations. As of 2012, 400 million tweets were posted each day.
25 million American adults live at home with their parents due to unemployment, underemployment, or trying to pay off student loans. With so many adults living with their parents, you'd think it would be cool by now. But it's not. Sorry.
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