10 Interesting US Facts That You Do not Know.
1. Washington DC and Washington
Washington is a state whereas Washington DC is a federal district. Washington DC, located on the east coast of the USA, is the capital of the United States.
2. New York and New York City
New York is a state in the United States whereas New York City is a city which is in the state of New York.
3. Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is made of copper, It was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. The statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. The copper statue was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and its metal framework was built by Gustave Eiffel.
4. Legislature Of United States America
Congress is the legislature of the USA like parliament in India. The Senate is the upper house and the House of Representatives is the lower house.
Members of Congress in both houses are elected by direct popular vote. Senators are elected via a statewide vote and representatives by voters in each congressional district.
There are 50 States in the country and each state is represented by two senate irrespective of the size of the state, so there are currently 100 senators.
The United States House of Representatives is the lower house . The number of voting house of representatives is fixed by law at 435. But In addition to this, there are currently six non-voting members. So total 441 House of Representatives are there currently.
5. Education Budget
The United states of America spends more on education per student than any nation in the world. The U.S spent more than $11,000 per elementary student in 2010 and more than $12,000 per high school student in the same year.
6. America Bought Alaska
Would you believe, the United States of America bought Alaska from Russia for just $7.2 million in the year 1867? The price was just two cents per acre. The U.S purchased the lands of Alaska from Russia.
7. The U.S accounts for 4.24% of the global population but Americans collectively possess 29.4% of the world’s total wealth. That’s incredible, isn’t?. And on top of that Americans make up almost half of the world’s population of millionaires.
8. All Americans are not rich.
This is really interesting, isn’t?. In the United States of America, income and taxes are highly concentrated among few people. You wound not believe, the richest 10% of the adult population possess 72% of the country’s household wealth. To your surprise the bottom half posses only 2%.
9. The United States of America uses 18% of the world’s energy
It is said that 1 American consumes the same resources as 32 Kenyans. This is hard to believe but globally, the United States uses almost 1/4 of the world’s energy while U.S accounts for only 4.24% of the global population
10. How close are the USA and Russia?
Did you know, Russia and the USA are only 3.8 km apart at the nearest point. The U.S. and Russia own 1 island each in the middle of the Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia. These two islands are divided by the international date line. These islands are just 3.8 km (2.36121053 miles) apart from each other.