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Learn more about United States.
Flag of United States United States
Population: 293,027,571 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Washington, DC
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An Introduction to United States
Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65) and the Great Depression of the 1930s. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. The economy is marked by steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

United States map

Map of United States ( Location ) : 38 00 N, 97 00 W, North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico. For additional reports and educational information specific to United States, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The American Flag
13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of five stars; the 50 stars represent the 50 states, the 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies; known as Old Glory; the design and colors have been the basis for a number of other flags, including Chile, Liberia, Malaysia, and Puerto Rico.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about United States.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.92%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 74.63 yrs - Male
    • 80.36 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 181,599,900 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 219 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 575,000,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .us

Did you know ... People from United States are called Americans
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook