17 Cool USA Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Here are some fun USA facts that are bound to surprise you. We cover many different states like California, Texas, Kansas and go over some interesting USA facts that are probably not that commonly known to people in the US and around the world. This State was named after Kansa, an Indian tribe that made the region their home about 12,000 years ago. See #8.

17 Cool USA Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

1. California

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California has “General Sherman,” a 3,500-year-old tree, and bristlecone pines  which is 4,000 years old, which are the world’s oldest living things. California’s state animal is a grizzly bear.

2. The Best Places to Live in America

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The rankings for each state, was rated with states from all over U.S and the results are as follows. Dakota is the happiest state to live in, while West Virginia was the most unhappy state. Hawaii was the healthiest state, while Nebraska was unhealthy. Massachusetts is the most affordable state to live in, while Virginia ranked the lowest. Vermont was the most dangerous place to stay while Mississippi was the safest.  Columbia has the highest female population, while North Carolina has the lowest population.

3. Alaska

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Alaska has the longest coastline in the U.S., 6,640 miles, greater than that of all other states combined. Alaska has 17 out of the 20 highest peaks in the United States. Alaska contains more than 100 volcanoes and volcanic fields which have been active within the last two million years. Alaska is not divided into counties but boroughs.

4. Hawaii

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Hawaii state’s nickname is “Aloha State’, because the word ‘Aloha’, can mean ‘hello’, ‘welcome’, ‘love’, ‘best wishes’ or even ‘goodbye’.  Hawaii is the only US state with a tropical rain forest. Hawaii is the only US state made up entirely of islands. It has 132 islands, the eight main islands are called Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe. There are also 124 islets, reefs, and shoals.

5. Texas

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Texas is also called The Lone Star State. Six flags have flown over Texas: Spanish 1519-1685, French 1685-1690, Spanish 1690-1821, Mexican 1821-1836, Republic of Texas 1836-1845, United States 1845-1861, Confederate States 1861-1865, United States 1865-present.

6. Arizona

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Arizona is known for the Grand Canyon National Park. The Capitol building’s roof was made with so much cooper, if all the cooper was removed, 4,800,000 pennies can be made out of it!

7. Georgia

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Edward Blackbeard lived on Blackbeard Island, and Congress designated it into the Blackbeard Island Wilderness Area which covers almost 3,000 acres. The official state fish is the largemouth bass. It is illegal to eat chicken with a fork, in Gainesville, which also has the nickname ‘Chicken Capital of the World’.

8. Kansas

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The state of Kansas was named after Kansa, an Indian tribe that made the region their home about 12,000 years ago. tribe members were called Kansas and this became the name of the state. The world’s largest outdoor concrete swimming pool is at the Lee Richardson Zoo and holds 2 1/2 million gallons of water.

9. Louisiana

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The state is popular among tourists, New Orleans is a major attraction, for the annual Mardi Gras celebration. Louisiana is one of two states in the Unites States that doesn’t have counties, its political subdivisions are called parishes.

10. Pennsylvania

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The state insect is the firefly. The first department store in the U.S. was located in Philadelphia, named Wanamaker’s. The only president from Pennsylvania was James Buchanan. Hershey is considered the Chocolate Capital of the United States.

11. Ohio

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Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was from Ohio. Ohio has the largest Amish population of any state in the nation. Some well-known personalities were born in Ohio. Among them are Steven Spielberg, Paul Newman, Annie Oakley, Arsenio Hall and Clark Gable. Ohio’s state flag has a pennant design, and it’s the only state flag in the United States that is not rectangle.

12. New Jersey

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New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is called the diner capital of the world. North Jersey has seven major shopping malls in a 25 sq. mile radius, making it the state with the most shopping malls in one area in the world.

13. Illinois

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Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th amendment to abolish slavery. The ice cream sundae originated in Illinois. Ronald Wilson Regan, the 40th president of the United States was from Illinois.

14. Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has over 14,000 lakes and 7,446 streams and rivers. The original Barbie on whom the Barbie doll was modeled on, was called Barbie Millicent Roberts and came from Wisconsin.

15. Alabama

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The world’s largest cast iron statue, is in Birmingham and called ‘The Vulcan’, it is 56 feet tall and weighs 120,000 pounds. Alabama’s Constitution has over 100,000 words and 700 amendments, making it one of the longest in the United States.

16. New York

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Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, and Bryant Park used to be cemeteries. There is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes and a death every 9.1 minutes. 1 in every 38 people living in the United States resides in New York City and it has the biggest population of Chinese people (outside Asia), while 47 percent of people speak another language other than English. Women may go topless in public, but should not solicit with nudity.

17. New Mexico

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Native Americans have been living in New Mexico for some twenty thousand years. The Pueblo, Apache, Comanche, Navajo, and Ute peoples were in the New Mexico region when Spanish settlers arrived. New Mexico was not named after Mexico but after the Aztec war god and patron of the Aztecs, Mexitli. Mexico means ‘place where Mexitli lives’. New Mexico has the largest Hispanic population of all the states. About 48% of the state’s population are Hispanics.