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Proudly USA – commonly referred to as the United States (U.S.), or America—is a federal republic consisting of 50 states and a federal district.
The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is located in the northwestern part of North America and the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific.
Proudly USA also has five populated and nine unpopulated territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean. At 3.80 million square miles (9.85 million km2) and with over 320 million people, the United States is the world’s third-largest country by total area and third largest by population.
Proudly USA is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography and climate of the United States are also extremely diverse, and the country is home to a wide variety of wildlife.
The United States has a capitalist mixed economy which is fueled by abundant natural resources and high productivity. According to the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. GDP of $16.8 trillion constitutes 24% of the gross world product at market exchange rates and over 19% of the gross world product at purchasing power parity (PPP).
Its national GDP was about 5% larger at PPP in 2014 than the European Union’s, whose population is around 62% higher. However, the US’s nominal GDP is estimated to be $17.528 trillion as of 2014, which is about 5% smaller than that of the European Union. From 1983 to 2008, U.S. real compounded annual GDP growth was 3.3%, compared to a 2.3% weighted average for the rest of the G7. The country ranks ninth in the world in nominal GDP per capita and sixth in GDP per capita at PPP. The U.S. dollar is the world’s primary reserve currency.
The United States is the largest importer of goods and second largest exporter though exports per capita are relatively low. In 2010, the total U.S. trade deficit was $635 billion. Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, and Germany are its top trading partners. In 2010, oil was the largest import commodity while transportation equipment was the country’s largest export. China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. public debt. The largest holder of the U.S. debt is American entities, including federal government accounts and the Federal Reserve, who hold the majority of the debt.
Top 5 Products exported by The United States
Refined Petroleum (4.2%),
Planes, Helicopters, and/or Spacecraft (3.2%),
Packaged Medicaments (3.1%),
Gas Turbines (2.4%)
Top 5 Export destinations of The United States
Top 5 Products imported by The United States
Crude Petroleum (5.3%),
Packaged Medicaments (2.6%),
Broadcasting Equipment (2.5%)
Top 5 Import origins of The United States
Tourism in the United States is a large industry that serves millions of international and domestic tourists yearly. Tourists visit the US to see natural wonders, cities, historic landmarks, and entertainment venues. Americans seek similar attractions, as well as recreation and vacation areas.
Tourism in the United States grew rapidly in the form of urban tourism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By the 1850s, tourism in the United States was well established both as a cultural activity and as an industry. New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, all major US cities, attracted a large number of tourists by the 1890s.
Democratization of travel occurred during the early twentieth century when the automobile revolutionized travel. Similarly air travel revolutionized travel during 1945–1969, contributing greatly to tourism in the United States. Purchases of travel and tourism-related goods and services by international visitors traveling in the United States totaled $10.9 billion during February 2013.
In the US, tourism is either the first, second, or third largest employer in 29 states, employing 7.3 million in 2004, to take care of 1.19 billion trips tourists took in the US in 2005. As of 2007, there are 2,462 registered National Historic Landmarks (NHL) recognized by the United States government. As of 2008, the most visited tourist attraction in the US is Times Square in Manhattan, New York City which attracts approximately 35 million visitors yearly.
Tourists spend more money in the United States than any other country, while attracting the second-highest number of tourists after France. The discrepancy may be explained by longer stays in the US.
- The Pacific Coast Highway – Big Sur is the unmistakable highlight of this 1,000-mile route that snakes along the Pacific Ocean in California, from its northern boundary with Oregon to its southern border with Mexico.
- Monument Valley, Utah and Arizona – A highlight of the Four Corners area, this park is overseen by the Navajo Nation and is sacred to the tribe.
- Texas Hill Country – Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World, sits along the Medina River, 54 miles northwest of San Antonio in the western reaches of this region.
- Charleston, S.C. – During the spring and fall Tour of Homes, find yourself invited into the grandest homes of a city that was among the largest, wealthiest and most dynamic communities of the American Revolution era.
- The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C. – Once a montain retreat renowned for its curative sulfur springs and crisp mountain air, Asheville is a haven for progressive spirits, artists and craftsmen.
- The San Juan Islands, Wash. – More than 750 islands are scattered across 10,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean off the northwest corner of Washington–yet only 170 have names, 40 are inhabited and just four are served by Washington State Ferries.
- The Windjammers, Maine – As the grandest cargo ships of the 19th century, the Windjammers poured from shipyards along the Maine coast to sail the world.
- Sun Valley, Idaho – The nation’s original ski destination, created in 1936 by statesman Averell Harriman, is still one of the finest ski resorts on the continent.
- White-Water Rafting In West Virginia – The old coal mining district of New River Gorge once produced more coal than anywhere else in the world.