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The United States of Americamarker is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states, a federal district. , and five Territoriesmarker. The country is situated mostly in central North America, where its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C.marker, the capital district, lie between the Pacificmarker and Atlantic Oceansmarker, bordered by Canadamarker to the north and Mexicomarker to the south. The state of Alaskamarker is in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to its east and Russiamarker to the west across the Bering Straitmarker, and the state of Hawaiimarker is in the mid-Pacific. The United States also possesses several territories, or insular areasmarker, scattered around the Caribbeanmarker and Pacific.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the United States of America:

General reference



Geography of the United States



: 8,893 km
: 3,141 km
*Coastline: 19,924 km


Environment of the United States





Geographic features of the United States



Regions of the United States





Physiographic divisions of the United States

The geography of the United States varies across their immense area. Within the contential U.S., eight distinct physiographic divisions exist, though each is composed of several smaller physiographic subdivisions. These major divisions are:



Administrative divisions of the United States

States of the United States

At the Declaration of Independence, the United States consisted of 13 states, former colonies of the United Kingdommarker. In the following years, the number of states has grown steadily due to expansion to the west, conquest and purchase of lands by the American government, and division of existing states to the current number of 50 United States:





Territories of the United States

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Incorporated organized territories
  • none since 1959


Incorporated unorganized territories


Unincorporated organized territories


Unincorporated unorganized territories


Geography of the states and territories

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Demography of the United States

Main article: Demography of the United States


Demographics of the states and territories

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Climate of the United States

Government and politics in the United States

Main articles: Government of the United States and Politics of the United States




Federal government



Legislative branch





Executive branch





Federal executive departments
All departments are listed by their present-day name and only departments with past or present cabinet-level status are listed. Order of succession applies only to within the cabinet; the vice president has always been first in the line of succession, and the Speaker of the House and the President pro tem of the Senate have at times been included.

Department Creation Order of
succession
Modifications since creation 2007 Budget
in billions
of dollars

Employees (2007)
Statemarker 1789 1 Initially named "Department of Foreign Affairs" 9.96 30,266
Treasurymarker 1789 2 11.10 115,897
Defensemarker 1947 3 Initially named "National Military Establishment" 439.30 3,000,000
Justicemarker 1870 4 Position of Attorney General created in 1789, but had no department until 1870 23.40 112,557
Interiormarker 1849 5 10.70 71,436
Agriculturemarker 1889 6 77.60 109,832
Commercemarker 1903 7 Originally named Commerce and Labor; Labor later separated 6.20 36,000
Labormarker 1913 8 59.70 17,347
Health and Human Services 1953 9 Originally named Health, Education, and Welfare; Education later separated 543.20 67,000
Housing and Urban Developmentmarker 1965 10 46.20 10,600
Transportation 1966 11 58.00 58,622
Energy 1977 12 21.50 116,100
Education 1979 13 62.80 4,487
Veterans Affairsmarker 1989 14 73.20 235,000
Homeland Securitymarker 2002 15 44.60 208,000
Total budget (fiscal year 2007): 1,523.42 4,193,144


Judicial branch





State and territory governments

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Politics of the states and territories

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Foreign relations

International organization membership

Military





Intelligence Organizations





Law of the United States

Main article: Law of the United States




History of the United States





Period-coverage



History of the states and territories

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Presidents of the United States



Culture of the United States

Main article: Culture of the United States




American cuisine

 See also: List of United States dishes




Cuisine of the states and territories

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Art in the United States



Music in the United States

Genres


Music in the states and territories
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Sports in the United States

Main article: Sports in the United States




List of Major Sports Leagues in the United States

Main article: Major North American professional sports leagues






Sports by state and territory

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Education in the United States

Main article: Education in the United States


Education in the states and territories

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Economy of the United States

Main article: Economy of the United States








Economy by state and territory

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Infrastructure of the United States



See also



References

  1. The total length of the land border between Canada and the United States is the longest between any two countries.
  2. DOI Office of Internal Affairs http://www.doi.gov/oia/Islandpages/wakepage.htm


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