The United States (U.S.) is a country in North America. It is the third biggest country in the world! (Russia is the largest followed by Canada). The country shares borders with Canada to the north and Mexico to the south.

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The capital city of the United States is Washington, D.C. The main language spoken is English but there is no official language. Spanish is the second most spoken language.

More than 325 million people live in the United States. The land is also home to many big mammals like the American buffalo, black bears, grizzly bears and polar bears in the northern state of Alaska.

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The tallest mountain in the U.S. is Denali (it used to be called Mount McKinley), it is in the Alaskan mountain range and is 6190 metres high.

The longest river in the U.S. is the Missouri River, the second longest is the Mississippi River.


What is the United States like?

The United States is so big that the landscape and climate is very different from north to south and east to west. It ranges from tropical Florida to tundra Alaska. Some areas like California have a Mediterranean climate and places like Hawaii are volcanic. There are also deserts, beaches and forests.


Major cities

New York - famous for the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square.

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Los Angeles - the home of Hollywood. This is the place to see the famous Hollywood sign.

Miami - famous for its beaches and cruise ships.

Washington, D.C. - home of the president who lives in the White House.


What is the United States famous for?

The United States is famous for many things but some of the most well known are the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and Hollywood.