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Full country name: United States of America
Area: 9,826,675 sq km
Population: 307,21 million (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Washington DC
Languages: English, Spanish, Native American languages, other minority languages
Religions: Protestant 51.3%, Roman Catholic 23.9%, Mormon 1.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Jewish 1.7%, Buddhist 0.7%, Musli 0.6%, other or unspecified 2.5%, unaffiliated 12.1%, none 4%
Time Zone: GMT/UTC -5 (Eastern), GMT/UTC -6 (Central), GMT/UTC -7 (Mountain), GMT/UTC -8 (Pacific Standard)
Dialling Code: 1
Electricity: 120V, 60Hz
Weights & measures: Imperial

Money & Costs:
Currency: US Dollar
Average yearly salary: USD 46,000

Meals:
Budget: US$3-10
Mid-range: US$10-15
High: US$15-20
Top: US$20+
Accommodation:
Budget: US$12-60
Mid-range: US$60-100
High: US$100-180
Top: US$180+

Costs differ greatly from large urban areas to more rural areas. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago & San Francisco are the costliest cities in US, and a budget traveller can expect to spend between $50-100 a day, depending on your accommodation standards and if you camp or stay in hostels, catch buses and cook your own food, you could explore the country on around 50 a day. Staying in cheap hotels & motels and eating at modest cafes will cost around $100 a day, and renting a car could push your daily budget up to $150.

Tipping is expected in the US where tips are a large slice of service staff wages in cafes, restaurants and better hotels. The going rate in restaurants is 15% or more. You should never tip in a fast-food or self-service environment. Taxi drivers, bartenders and hairdressers depend on similar-sized tips. Sales taxes vary from state to state but are typically 5-8%, though some states have no sales taxes at all. Top-end accommodation also often attracts a bed tax, which can be as high as 15%. It's important to check whether quoted prices for accommodation include all relevant taxes.

Geography: The United States shares land borders with Canada (to the north) and Mexico (to the south), and a territorial water border with Russia in the northwest. The contiguous forty-eight states are otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast. Alaska borders the Pacific Ocean to the south, the Bering Strait to the west, and the Arctic Ocean to the north, while Hawaii lies far to the southwest of the mainland in the Pacific Ocean.

Climate: Due to its large size and wide range of geographic features, the United States contains examples of nearly every global climate. The climate is temperate in most areas, subtropical in the Deep South, tropical in Hawaii and southern Florida, polar in Alaska, semiarid in the Great Plains west of the 100th meridian, Mediterranean in coastal California and arid in the Great Basin. Its comparatively favorable agricultural climate contributed (in part) to the country's rise as a world power, with infrequent severe drought in the major agricultural regions, a general lack of widespread flooding, and a mainly temperate climate that receives adequate precipitation.

Recommended clothing: Since the climate differs from state to state, you should pack accordingly. Pack lightweigh summer clothes for the summer season and warm winter clothes for winter. Casual wear is widely acceptable. Business attire should be worn for business meetings.

Social conventions: Americans are known for their openness and friendliness. A wide variety of national origins has resulted in numerous cultural and traditional customs. In large cities, people of the same ethnic background often live within defined communities. A relaxed and informal atmosphere is usually the norm.

Health: In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary when going to United States, however travel health insurance is recommended.

Food & Drink: The United States cuisine is a mixture of many types of regional and ethnic cuisines. However, there are some foods that can be found on many family dinner tables and restaurants throughout the country. The dishes tend to be hearty, filling, and simple. For example, the classic American breakfast include: eggs, bacon, sausage or ham, home-fried or hash brown potatoes, corned beef hash, and pancakes or waffles (in maple syrup). The classic American lunch foods are: hamburgers, frankfurters, sandwiches (with bacon, tuna salad, lettuce and tomato salad, egg salad, chicken salad, grilled cheese, ham, salami, sliced turkey, roast beef), macaroni and cheese casserole. The traditional American meat dishes tend to be based on beef, pork and chicken with some seafood. The most popular American side dishes are: French fried potatoes, mashed potatoes, rice, egg noodles, cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni salad, potato salad, and various vegetables. Among American classic desserts, the most popular one is the apple pie. Non-alcoholic beverages include: sodas (cola and citrus-based), juices (apple or orange), and beer. Wine is quite widely enjoyed.

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Jan 18 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
May 31 Memorial Day
Jul 5 Independence Day
Sep 6 Labor Day
Oct 11 Columbus Day
Nov 11 Veterans Day
Nov 25 Thanksgiving Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

Study in USA: Below are the latest US language schools, art schools, business schools & colleges to join our directory.

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