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Country (long form) United States of America
Capital Washington, DC
Total Area 3,717,812.82 sq mi
9,629,091.00 sq km
(about one-half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about one-half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; about two and one-half times the size of Western Europe
Population 278,058,881 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 403,943,147
Languages English, Spanish (spoken by a sizable minority)
Literacy 97.0% total, 97.0% male, 97% female (1979 est.)
Religions Protestant 56%, Roman Catholic 28%, Jewish 2%, other 4%, none 10% (1989)
Life Expectancy 74.37 male, 80.05 female (2001 est.)
Government Type federal republic
Currency 1 United States dollar (US$) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita) $36,200 (2000 est.)
Industry leading industrial power in the world, highly diversified and technologically advanced; petroleum, steel, motor vehicles, aerospace, telecommunications, chemicals, electronics, food processing, consumer goods, lumber, mining
Agriculture wheat, other grains, corn, fruits, vegetables, cotton; beef, pork, poultry, dairy products; forest products; fish
Arable Land 19%
Natural Resources coal, copper, lead, molybdenum, phosphates, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum, natural gas, timber
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