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General Information Learn general information about the US. Capital City
Washington, DC Head of State
Barack Obama, President - elected to 4 year term commencing January 2009. Population
306,433,000 - Figures indicated by "UN estimate" are based on the July 1, 2009 estimate by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Population Division Demographic Structure
Current total U.S. population (284,800,000) is from the U.S. Census Bureau, and is based on current growth rates applied to the 2000 Census figures.
Total population % of population Total population 281,421,906 100.0%
75.1 34,658,190 12.3 2,475,956 0.9
Black or African American
American Indian and Alaska Native Asian 10,242,998 3.6
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander Some other race 15,359,073 Two or more races Hispanic or Latino Surface Area 5.5
6,826,228 2.4 35,305,818 12.5
Surface Area: 3,537,441 square miles Regions
A geographic area consisting of several States defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. The States are grouped into four regions and nine divisions:
* New England - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont * Middle Atlantic - New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania
Midwest: * East North Central - Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin * West North Central - Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
South: * South Atlantic - Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia
East: * South Central - Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee * West South Central - Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas West * Mountain - Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming * Pacific - Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.
Languages Political System
The United States government is comprised of three branches, the executive, legislative and judicial. The legislative branch is bicameral with a House of Representative and Senate drafting, proposing and creating laws. The President is the head of the executive branch and is charged with enforcing the law and defending the nation. The president and the vice-president are elected every four years in a general election. The Supreme Court is the final authority in the judicial branch. There are nine Justices who sit on the Supreme Court, they are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Each is appointed for life. Seats on the Supreme Court only become available when a Justice retires or dies.
Since the civil war, American politics has been largely dominated by two parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Republican Party is more conservative and the Democratic Party more liberal. Both parties have diverse support from a wide range of social and economic forces. Both parties a primarily funded by business interests.
The United States is a member of NATO, OAS, the United Nations and is a permanent member of the Security Council of the United Nations. The US has nuclear weapons. Climate
Mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
Natural hazards: tsunamis, volcanoes, and earthquake activity around Pacific Basin; hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts; tornadoes in the midwest and southeast; mud slides in California; forest fires in the west; flooding; permafrost in northern Alaska, a major impediment to development.
Terrain: vast central plain, mountains in west, hills and low mountains in east; rugged mountains and broad river valleys in Alaska; rugged, volcanic topography in Hawaii.
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