America Fun Facts

Are you becoming an expert on America? Here are some fun and interesting facts and figures (figures are numbers and statistics) that you may not have known:

According to the World Giving Index, Americans are the most likely people in the world to help a stranger, and more than 69 percent of firefighters in the United States are volunteers (volunteers are people who work for free).

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson were all Presidents born in Virginia, making it the birthplace of more Presidents than any other state.

America’s mascot, the bald eagle, can achieve speeds of up to 200 miles per hour when making a predatory dive. During a normal flight, bald eagles travel up to 30 miles per hour.

The American flag patch is backwards on U.S. Army uniforms because the blue field on the flag (the part with the stars) faces forward to symbolize carrying the American flag into battle.

You are never more than 115 miles from a McDonald’s in the contiguous USA (contiguous means the 48 adjoining states).

Alaska is the state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work.

40% of Americans have never moved away from the town they were born in.

Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.

About 1 in every 36 people living in the United States resides in New York City.

There are over 5,000 janitors in the United States with PhDs (the highest degree given by a College or University).

There are 2 places in the United States that still have their mail delivered by mules. Both are in the Grand Canyon (located in Northern Arizona).

In America, someone who specializes in the history of flags is called a vexillologist.

The original stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were equal.

According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans consume over 150 million hot dogs during their Independence Day (July 4th) festivities.

The states with the smallest populations are: Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.

There’s a 1-in-6 chance that the beef you eat in America comes from Texas. Texas, known as The Lone Star State, is America’s leader in the production of cattle and calves.