20 interesting facts about the USA
This month we will be helping you out with making tourists from the USA in particular feel welcome and at home in South Africa. To kick off USA month, here are a couple of interesting facts about “the States”.
- There are 50 stars on the United States flag, one for each state, and there are 13 stripes, one for each of the original states.
- Americans love their pizza; some claim that enough pizza is served in the USA each day to cover 33.5 hectares.
- They are also quite keen on chicken, collectively consuming about 8-billion chickens each year.
- The population has grown from about 2.5-million people in 1776 to around 314-million today.
- There is less than 4km separating Russia and America at the nearest point.
- Forty-five kilograms of chocolate are consumed every second in the USA
- In 1867 the USA bought Alaska from Russia.
- Most of the American population is Christian, and the second most popular religion is Judaism.
- According to the 2000 census in the USA, about 82% of Americans spoke English, and the next most spoken language was Spanish.
- The USA is about half the size of Russia.
- The national flower of the USA is the rose.
- America was born on 4 July 1776, with the Declaration of Independence
- There is a region in the Midwest region of the USA called Tornado Alley, where most of the world’s tornados occur.
- The seven points on top of the Statue of Liberty represent the seven continents.
- There are more cows in the state of Montana than humans.
- The highest rollercoaster in the world is in New Jersey.
- About 81% of Americans live in urban areas.
- In 2009, 245-million Americans were Internet users.
- The various states of the USA fall into six different time zones.
- The USA has a Pledge of Allegiance, which is often recited when raising the US flag. The pledge goes: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”