The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the extreme Northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean. Major cities include New York, a global finance and culture center, and Washington, DC, the capital, both on the Atlantic Coast; Los Angeles, famed for filmmaking, on the Pacific Coast; and the Midwestern metropolis Chicago.
Capital: Washington, D.C.
Population: 318.9 million (2014)
President: Barack Obama
GDP per capita: 53,041.98 USD (2013) World Bank
Gross domestic product: 16.77 trillion USD (2013) World Bank
National anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner
States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Alaska, more