Study in USA
About Study In the USA
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. The Statue of Liberty, the White House, and the Bald Eagle are just some of the iconic images that may come to mind when students think of the United States of America. The United States is a federal republic with a strong tradition of democracy. The political powers are constitutionally divided between the federal and state governments, and the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The president is the leader of the executive branch and Head of State. American politics has been dominated by a two-party system consisting of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. In 2012, the United States was ranked third behind Norway and Australia, on the United Nations(UN) list of the best country to live.
The US means many things to different people. For some, it is an economic and political powerhouse and an influential player on the world stage; for others, it is defined by its entertainment industry – Hollywood films and the bright lights of Broadway. And for years many have seen it as the land of opportunity, a destination for immigrants seeking new freedom and wealth.
Location, Geography, and Population
The United States of America borders Canada to the north, Mexico to the south, the North Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the North Pacific Ocean to the west. At roughly 9.8 million square kilometers, the U.S. is the world’s third-largest country in size and population and one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations. The U.S. consists of 50 states (48 continental plus Alaska and Hawaii), a federal district, Washington D.C., and small territories in the Pacific and Caribbean. The capital city is Washington, D.C. Around 314 million people live in the United States, making it the 3rd most populous country in the world, after China and India.
The climate in the US varies by place and time of year. Mostly temperate(i.e. mild), it can range from tropical in Hawaii and Florida, to freezing cold in Alaska, and extremely dry and hot in the deserts in the Southwest. The US has four seasons: Summer (starts from the last Monday in May to the first Monday in September), Spring (begins in March and ends in May), Fall (starts from September and ends in November) and Winter (starts in December and ends in February). It is really advisable to learn about the typical climate in the respective state and plan accordingly. For more detailed information, please visit http://www.weather.gov.
With its large size and geographic variety, the U.S. includes most climate types from the tropical atmosphere of Hawaii and Florida to the semi-arid Great Plains; from the arid Mojave Desert to the snow-capped Rocky Mountains, not to mention the cold Arctic climate of Alaska. Because of the climate, the ecology in the U.S. is extremely diverse, with abundant flora and fauna and amazing natural habitats for nature-inspired visitors to explore.