The USA has plenty of remarkable facts you might not know. Don’t believe me? Well, you’ll need to just stick around to see for yourself. Across this great country lies a diverse population of people of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, eager to live out the American dream, own some land, a house, and maybe a dog or two. There are many surprising facts about the US. Let’s find out about them.
Fact 3: Alaska also has the longest coastline
Along with being the largest state, Alaska also has the longest coastline of all the states’ coastlines combined, covering 6,640 miles (10,686 kilometers).
Fact 4: American flag was designed by Bob Heft
While Betsy Ross is attributed as being the person to create the American flag, the flag we know today was designed by Bob Heft when he was in high school in 1958. When he submitted his design to the White House, they chose it over thousands of others. He even designed a flag representing 51 states just in case one was added later.
Fact 5: The United States has the largest Air Force
The United States has the largest Air Force, operating a whopping 5,600 aircrafts of all types. It also has 312,000 active-duty members.
Fact 6: South Dakota has substantially more cows than humans
South Dakota has substantially more cows than humans. With a human population of 859,000 and a cow population of 3.9 million, humans are outnumbered by 4.5 to 1.
Fact 7: The Statue of Liberty is actually located in New Jersey
Designated as a national monument in 1924, The Statue of Liberty is usually associated with New York, but it’s actually located in New Jersey.
Fact 8: The United States is home to three of the oldest rivers in the world
The United States is home to three of the oldest rivers in the world. All located in the Appalachian mountains, they’re called the New, the Susquehanna, and French Broad rivers. The New River is considered the oldest of the three.
Fact 9: The Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl is one of the world's largest natural amphitheaters
The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles is one of the world’s largest natural amphitheaters, capable of holding up to 18,000 people. It’s hosted many famous composers and celebrities during its lifetime.
Fact 11: The American are the world’s most obese nation
As of 2017, the United States leads the world as the most obese nation with 109,342,839 obese people. That is 33.70% of the population.
Fact 12: Liberty Bell cracked only a few hours later
The last rung by George Washington in 1846, the Liberty Bell cracked only a few hours later. As a side note, it also has Pennsylvania spelled wrong on it.
Fact 13: Salmon P. Chase reality
While we all know George Washington is on the one-dollar bill, that hasn’t always been the case. Originally, Salmon P. Chase, Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of the treasury, was the first to have his face on it when it debuted in 1863. It took six years for them to swap him out with Washington.
Fact 14: In 1835 US had zero national debt
While today the United States’ national debt has ballooned to astronomical levels, in 1835 it had zero national debt. That, of course, only lasted for a year.
Fact 15: Americans love grilled food
Americans love to grill. In fact, 81% of Americans have an outdoor grill, and 47% barbecue twice weekly in the summer.
Fact 16: USA craft breweries
The United States leads the world in the number of craft breweries with a total of 4,750.
Fact 17: Americans eat 100 acres of pizza daily
Every day, Americans eat 100 acres of pizza, roughly 350 slices a second. 3 billion pizzas are sold a year, which probably shouldn’t be a surprise, considering Americans are the leader in obesity.
Fact 18: The US is the leading producer of natural gas in the world
The US is the leading producer of natural gas in the world. They produce 766,200,000,000 cubic meters of natural gas each year.
Fact 19: Santa Claus, three towns in the US
Three towns in the United States are named Santa Claus. They’re in Indiana, Georgia, and Arizona, with Indiana having the highest population of the three.
Fact 20: Best Selling solo artist in the US
While Britain has produced the most best-selling bands, the United States takes the cake for most best-selling solo artists.
Fact 21: It costs more to mint a penny than its actual value
In the United States, it costs more to mint a penny than its actual value. In 2014, it cost 1.7 cents which was lower than the 2.4 cents in 2011.
Fact 22: Americans love coffee
Americans love their coffee, but few states actually produce it. Hawaii is the only state that produces coffee.
Fact 23: Tweets for future generations
The United States Library of Congress is archiving every tweet ever to go public for future generations. As of 2012, 400 million tweets were posted each day.
Fact 24: Large number of Americans live with their parents
25 million American adults live at home with their parents due to unemployment, underemployment, or trying to pay off student loans.
Fact 25: United States government owns GPS
GPS is owned by the United States government and run by the Department of Defense. At any time, they could turn it off, but it never has since its inception.