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Fun Facts About the United States

Whether you are a history buff, want to impress your family and friends, or just like learning new things, fun facts about the United States are always useful to know. With 50 states, there are plenty of fun facts to go around. Enjoy this list below, and impress your friends with your patriotism at the next Fourth of July picnic.

Fun Facts About the United States
  • Some US cities have the same names as other US States, for example Kansas-Oklahoma, Delaware-Arkansas, Nevada-Missouri, California-Maryland, Michigan-North Dakota, and Louisiana-Missouri, Wyoming-Ohio, Indiana-Pennsylvania, and Oregon-Wisconsin.

  • Maine is the only US state with a one-syllable name.
  • The tallest battle monument in the world is located in Houston, Texas.
  • The US states with the smallest populations are Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.
  • The first US capital was New York City.
  • The world’s highest roller coaster is found in Ohio.
  • In size, Rhode Island is the smallest US state.
  • There are five US states with no sales tax. (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon).
  • The world’s first atomic bomb was launched in New Mexico in 1945.
  • There was a time when California had no rain for 2 years.
  • The world’s wettest place is Mountain Waialeale, located in Hawaii.
  • Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee.
  • More breakfast cereal is produced in Battle Creek, Michigan than any other location in the world.
  • Montana has three times more cattle than people.
  • Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other 49 US states put together.
  • Maine makes more toothpicks than any other US state.
  • The first U.S. Mint was made in Pennsylvania.
  • The first baseball game played during the evening was in Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • California grows more food than any other US state.
  • The oldest public building in the U.S. is located in New Mexico.
  • Ghandi's ashes can be found in the Lake Shrine located near L.A.
  • In Nebraska, you can still find the tracks of wagons from over a century ago.
  • Everyday, Maine sees the sunrise before the whole US.
  • Texas is the only US state to have had the flags of six other countries fly over it. (France, Spain, Mexico, Confederate States, Republic of Texas, and the US).
  • Six First Ladies were born in Virginia (Martha Washington, Rachel Jackson, Martha Jefferson, Ellen Arthur, Letitia Tyler, and Edith Wilson.)
  • Orlando attracts more tourists or visitors than any other amusement park in the US.
  • Texas has the country’s largest herd of whitetail deer.
  • The first peanuts ever grown in the US were cultivated in Virginia.
  • Key West has the highest average temperature in the US.
  • The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, New York is the only academic institution in the world that offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing.
  • New York City has a total of 722 miles of subway tracks.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnut was founded in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1914.
  • Dodge City is the windiest city in the US.
  • There was a time when it was illegal to serve ice cream on top cherry pie in Kansas.
  • The graham cracker was named after the Presbyterian minister, Reverend Sylvester Graham from Kansas. He was an advocate of eating whole-wheat flour products.
  • Nevada's official state fossil is the ichthyosaur.
  • The Pair-O-Dice Club was the first ever casino to open on Highway 91 in 1931. It would eventually be known as the Las Vegas Strip.
  • The Mall of America is the size of 78 football fields, a total of 9.5 million square feet.
  • Did You Know?

    Hawaii (from east to west) is the widest state in the US.

  • Minnesota has a total of 90,000 miles of shoreline. This is more than Florida, Hawaii, and California combined.
  • The first ever bone marrow transplant and open-heart surgery in the US were both performed at the University of Minnesota.
  • More than a third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from the state of Hawaii.
  • Louisiana was named in honor of King Louis XIV.
  • In Idaho, it is against the law for a citizen to give another citizen a box of candy with a weight of more than 50 lbs.
  • Hell's Canyon is the deepest gorge in the US.
  • Soda Springs in Idaho has the largest man-made geyser in the world.
  • Arizona is America’s leading producer of copper .
  • Post-It notes are exclusively manufactured in Cynthiana, Kentucky.

Now that you know many fun facts about the United States, you might be ready for a Jeopardy audition. Of course, you may want to brush up on some other fun facts first- such as Fun Facts about England.