The United States of America is my home country. It is one of the world’s largest nations in terms of land area and population count. With a population of over 315 million, it is the third most populated country in the world. The country is divided into 50 states wherein each state has their own set of laws and policies. Rhode Island is the smallest of all 50 states while Alaska is the largest state.
The country has the world’s largest economy and the most diverse population. Therefore, the United States of America has a strong influence on international economic and political affairs. The USA declared its independence from the Great Britain on July 4 1776. The seat of the country is located in Washington, DC.
Currency: US Dollars
Official Language: The United States of America does not have a designated official language. However, American English is the primary language used in legislative and executive orders, as well as official documents.
Wifi Availability: No nationwide WiFi available, however, there are several commercial and public establishments that offer free WiFi hotspot. There are also several companies offering wireless internet access to subscribers.
Airports: According to AirportTechnology.com, Atlanta’s HartsfieldJackson International Airport is the busiest airport in the United States with an average monthly passenger count of 7.8 million (as of 2013). Other notable American airports are Los Angeles’ LAX International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
Visa Requirement: A visa is required for all visitors to the US; however, there are varying processes or requirements for each type of VISA whether you are applying for a tourist, working or student visa. If you are applying for a tourist VISA, you cannot accept employment in the USA. It is also important to note that not all VISA applications are approved. Tourists issued a B2 VISA are eligible for up to a 6month stay in the USA.
Driving: The United States of America, along with Latin American countries, drive on the right.
International Driver’s License Accepted: There are varying driving rules depending on which state you are planning to visit. Hence, it is important to check with that first before you make your booking to ensure that your nonUS driver’s license is honored. If you want or need to obtain International Driving Permit, you need to obtain that before arrival in the US as the country that issued your driver’s license is also the same country that will provide this document.
Crime: Since the early 1990s, there has been a significant decline in crime rate in the USA. According to the crime report in the US, Camden in New Jersey and Chester in Pennsylvania are the top two cities with the highest crime rates by neighborhood.
Electrical Adapters: The electrical power in the USA is same for all states, which is 110 volts and 60 cycles. If you are bringing any electrical appliance to the USA, make sure to bring a power converter or electrical adapter.
- United Kingdom – 4,242 miles
- Japan – 10,144 kilometers
- Australia – 15,175 kilometers
- Italy – 8,614 kilometers
- Singapore – 15,280 kilometers