51 Random Facts About the USA

Among many other random facts about USA, one is it is world’s highly urbanized countries. The United States of America is popular for its charming countryside, splendid heritage sites and dynamic cities. You can uncover the man-made and natural treasures in a very expedient way.

Moreover, explore and sink these random facts about USA that are rare yet interesting.

Random Facts About USA

History

1. America’s first slave owner was a black man.

2. In 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in space that was 100 times more powerful than Hiroshima.

3. The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for just US$7.2 million in 1867.

4. Taken to be an Ancient Pagan Holiday, Christmas was illegal in the U.S. until 1836

5. U.S. former presidents John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson died within hours of each other, on the 4th of July in 1826.

6. The biggest bill the U.S. issued was a US$ 10,000 bill.

7. In 1893, the government proposed an amendment to rename the U.S. into the “United States of the Earth”.

8. The U.S. terror watch list had Nelson Mandela’s name until 2008.

9. The launch code for all U.S. Minuteman nuclear missiles for 20 years used the same code: 00000000.

10. The successful use of the steamboat by Robert Fulton revolutionized transportation and trade in the United States.

11. In 1943, the U.S. banned sliced bread as a wartime conservation measure.

12. Interracial marriage was banned in the U.S. for much of its history: from 1776 to 1967.

Geography

13. The Four Corners Monument is the only point in the U.S. shared by four states.

14. The U.S. State with the longest official name is the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

15. There is a town called “Big Ugly” in West Virginia, U.S.A.

16. Alaska has the longest coastline in the United States at 6,640 miles (10,686 km).

17. Alaska is also the northernmost, westernmost AND easternmost state.

18. Mt. Thor on Baffin Island, Canada, has Earth’s greatest sheer vertical drop.

19. The tallest mountain in the world, Mauna Kea, is located in the United States.

20. Canada is home to more than half of all the natural lakes in the world.

21. The entire world population could fit inside Texas.

22. 43 buildings in Manhattan, New York City have their own zip code.

23. The State of New Jersey, U.S.A., was originally called Lorraine and New Sweden.

Country Facts

24. Medical errors are the 6th leading cause of the death in the U.S.

25.One American consumes as many resources as 32 Kenyans.

26. 1 in 3 Americans is obese.

27. The poorest place in the U.S. is Allen, South Dakota, where 96% are Native American.

28. 100 acres of Pizzas are served in the U.S. every day.

29. The U.S. spends more money per person on healthcare than any other developed country, yet its life expectancy is below average.

30. The U.S. has 19 aircraft carriers, compared to the rest of the world’s 12 aircraft carriers combined.

31. The first Friday of June is National Donuts Day in the U.S.

32. If the U.S. can raise its 34.5% recycling rate to 75%, it will be the CO2 equivalent of removing 50 million cars from the road.

33. GPS is owned and controlled by the U.S. Government. It can be ‘switched off’ at any time.

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People

34. Although English is the most commonly spoken language used in the U.S. and is the language used in government, the country has no official language.

35. 40% of births in the U.S. come from unmarried women

36. About 20 million Americans live in mobile homes.

37. Every day in the U.S., more than 100,000 people get a speeding ticket.

38. Women own 30% of businesses in the U.S.

Economy

39. If you have US$10 in your pocket and no debts, you are wealthier than 25% of Americans.

40. Apple has more operating cash than the U.S. Treasury.

41. College textbooks prices in the U.S. have risen faster than health-care, housing, and inflation.

42. In the U.S. it costs about US$245,000 to raise a child, before college.

43. It costs the U.S. Government about US$2,768,902 per year to hold a prisoner in Guantanamo.

44. US$1 in every US$5 paid in taxes in the U.S. goes to defense.

45. The U.S. Government spends US$1.8 billion per year printing documents.

46. The U.S. Tax Code is 5,000 pages long while The Bible and “War and Peace” only have about 4,500 pages.

47. In 2010, General Electric made over US$14 billion in profits but paid US$0 in taxes in the U.S.

Other Random Facts About USA

48. The U.S. consumes 8 billion chickens each year.

49. In the U.S., there is an official Rock Paper Scissors League.

50. Exposure to second-hand smoke causes nearly 50,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.

51. Moreover, it is legal for minors to smoke cigarettes in the U.S. and parts of Europe, but they cannot purchase them.

Have you heard any more unusual random facts about USA? Post them in the comment box below and let us know!

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Sai Karthik Reddy

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, 8000 Miles Traveler was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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