The USA is probably the most well-known country in the world. We know so much about it from popular culture, for instance, movies, tv shows, songs and social media. However, there are still plenty of facts and feats that might surprise you. Curious? Here are some interesting facts about the United States of America that you might not have known.
7 of the Most Interesting Facts About The United States of America
1. Alaska used to be part of Russia
There are so many fun facts about Alaska. This is one seriously interesting state. But did you know that Alaska was once part of Russia? America purchased Alaska from the Russians in 1867, but Alaska didn’t become a state until 1959. In Alaska, you’ll find the tallest mountain in the USA, called Denali.
2. Hawaii is the only state outside North America
Another really interesting state is Hawaii. Hawaii is in the pacific ocean and is the only state outside North America. Not only that, it is the only archipelago state as it is solely made up of islands and it is the only state located in the tropics.
3. The United States of America is home to the largest freshwater lake
The Great Lakes of North America are on, or near the America-Canada border. They are Lake Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. Lake Superior is the northern-most and the largest of these five lakes. It is also the largest (by surface area) freshwater lake in the world. It is the third-largest freshwater lake by volume.
4. The United States of America has the highest dog population in the world
Americans love their canine companions. The dog population of the USA is the highest in the world. There are over 75 million pooches in the US. However, Americans also love cats, even more so than dogs. There are more cats in America than in any other country in the world. In fact, there are more cats than dogs in America.
5. The U.S. is home to the largest cave system in the world
The Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentuck is the longest cave system in the world. It is known to include more than 400 miles (640km) of passageways. Due to its rich human history and diversity of plant and animal life, the cave system is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.
6. The longest international border in the world is in America
By total area, America is the third-largest country in the world. Its neighbour, Canada, is the second-largest country in the world. The border between these two countries stretches for 8,891km (5,525 miles). This is the longest bi-national land border in the world. Of Canada’s 13 provinces, 8 of these are located along the border. Out of the 50 U.S. states, 13 of these are located along the border.
7. America is the country with the most climate zones
There are approximately five main climate types on Earth. They are: tropical, dry, temperate, continental, and polar. The USA is the only country to have all five climate zones. In the United States, you can go from tropical to arctic climates. Talk about climate diversity. Death Valley is the hottest place in the U.S. Fairbanks in Alaska is the coldest city. As for the wettest place? That title goes to Mt. Waialeale on Kauai in Hawaii.