The US is both about densely-populated cities with sprawling suburbs, and in contrast, vast, uninhabited and naturally beautiful areas. With its history of mass immigration dating from the 17th century, it is truly a "melting pot" of various cultures from around the world.
Total area: 9,826,675 km² (3,794,083 sq. mi)
Population: 313,343,000 (Nov 2011, population clock estimate)
The United States of America (also known as United States, America, the U.S., the USA, and the States) is a federal constitutional republic. It is comprised of fifty states and a federal district. The majority of US contiguous states (48 in number) are located in central North America. Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by CANADA to the north and MEXICO to the south. The 49th state is Alaska and is located in the northwest of the continent, with Canada to the east and RUSSIA to the west, across the Bering Strait. The state of Hawaii completes the 50th US State profile and is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. USA also possesses several territories in the Pacific and Caribbean.
Given its large size, and the United State’s geographic variety, the country includes most climatic conditions the Earth has to offer. To the east of the 100th meridian, the climate ranges from humid continental (characterized by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (often also humid) summers and cold (severe at times) winters) in the north. The South features a humid subtropical climate conditions which basically is a climate zone characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The southern tip of Florida is tropical, as well as Hawaii’s, supporting a non-arid climate, a climate where all twelve months have mean temperatures above 18°C (64.4 °F).
The Great Plains west of the 100th meridian are semi-arid. Much of the Western mountains are of alpine climatic conditions. The climate is arid in the Great Basin, desert in the Southwest, Mediterranean in coastal California, and oceanic in coastal Oregon and Washington and southern Alaska. Most of Alaska is of subarctic nature, or polar at times. Extreme weather is not out of the ordinary—those US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico are likely to face hurricanes and more extreme weather conditions. As a fact to this diverse climate types of which the US territories are subjected to, most of the world's tornadoes occur within the country, mainly in the Midwest's Tornado Alley.
The U.S. has a capitalist mixed economy which is supported by a well-developed infrastructure. Its economy is also guided by abundant natural resources and a high productivity. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the U.S. GDP of $15.1 trillion constitutes 22% of the gross world product at market exchange rates and over 19% of the gross world product at purchasing power parity (PPP). Though larger than any other nation's, its national GDP is about 5% smaller than the GDP of the European Union at purchasing power parity, in 2008 terms. The U.S. dollar is the world's primary reserve currency.
The private sector within 2009 was estimated to constitute 86.4% of the economy, with federal government activity accounting for 4.3%, whereas the remainder 9.3% went to state and local government activity, federal transfers included. While the U.S. economy has reached a postindustrial level of development and the while the United States service sector constitutes a whopping 67.8% of its GDP, the United States remains in fact, an industrial power. The leading business field by net income is manufacturing; by gross business receipts, it is best represented in wholesale and retail trade.
The United States is also the largest importer of goods and third largest exporter, though exports per capita are relatively low. Oil was the largest import commodity in 2010, while transportation equipment was the country's largest export.
CHINA, CANADA, MEXICO, JAPAN, and GERMANY are its top trading partners. Followed in that respect, and as world trade goes, China is currently the largest foreign holder of U.S. public debt (2012), highlighting the continuous interdependence of nations.
Car Rental USA with MisterHire.Com
Renting a self drive car in this vast and diverse country is an exciting way to visit monumental sites, aqua parks, national parks, idyllic locations and unique terrains not found anywhere else. At a drive pace set entirely by you, hiring a car in the US will allow you to briefly drive about some states at most, even on a 2-week holiday. Depending on where you plan to visit, it is best if you plan your trip carefully prior to renting a car from us.
Out USA car rental rates reflect both short term and long term duration car rental needs in the US. As our dedicated purchasing team represents and compares prices across all the main suppliers such as Sixt, Alamo, Enterprise, Europcar, Budget, Avis to name a few, your choice in booking a rental car with us could not be better in securing best car hire rates for the U.S. If still unsure, please visit any of our pages and receive a concise Online quote today for more than 170 countries worldwide and see how much can be saved on your next car rental by using our services.
As we continuously aim to provide the lowest of prices and best all inclusive car hire deals to our leisurely customers and most frequent business travelers, your support so far has been overwhelming, as it allows us to show impressive booking results to our Car Rental partners and hence, push for low prices (despite inflationary pressures) that guarantee you value all the time, coupled -where possible- with our associate’s occasional free group car upgrades.
The USA Tourism industry is a huge industry that serves millions of international and domestic tourists annually. Tourists to the U.S. visit to view its natural wonders, magnificent cities, historic landmarks and its world famous entertainment venues. Local American Tourists seem to seek similar venues, as well as recreation activities in areas famed for the quality of their offered vacations.
As of 2008, the most visited tourist attraction in the US is Manhattan’s Times Square in New York City which attracts approximately 35 million visitors yearly. In the US, tourism is an industry of great importance to the National Economy and tourism is either the first, second or third largest employer in about 29 states.
Presented below are the Top 10 countries providing inbound tourism to the United States for the Year 2010:
1. CANADA – 19.96 million
2. MEXICO – 13.47 million
3. UK – 3.85 million
4. JAPAN – 3.39 million
5. GERMANY – 1.73 million
6. FRANCE – 1.34 million
7. Brazil – 1.20 million
8. SOUTH KOREA – 1.11 million
9. AUSTRALIA – 0.90 million
10. ITALY – 0.84 million
Sources: OTTI Report, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2010 Tourism Industries.
USA Speed limits
Road Speed limits in the United States are set by each state or territory. Speed limits in the United States vary according to each state or territory laws, type of road, land use, as well as other contributing factors. Increments of five miles per hour (8 km's) are used. Additionally, these limits sometimes differ according to the type of vehicle and the time of day. Occasionally, there are also minimum speed limits to be aware of.
The highest speed limits are usually found in the inland West, and the lowest limits are usually found in the Northeast with the exception of Maine, which raised its speed limit for a remote stretch of Interstate 95 through the northern part of the state to 75 mph (121 km/h) in June 2011. Some of these limits tend to fall outside these stated ranges. Some two-lane rural roads in Texas for example have a 75 mph (121 km/h) speed limit and there are two stretches of Interstate Highway in Texas with a speed limit of 80 mph (129 km/h); in addition, there exist two stretches in Utah with 80 mp/h limits, as of 2009. In contrast, the highest speed limit on freeways in Hawaii is 60 mp/h (97 km/h).
For your most enjoyable car rental time with one of MisterHire.Com's cars in the USA, the rules are simple. Do not drink and drive, stick to the signed speed limits and pay attention to good and reasonable road use at all times, taking into consideration the needs and behavior of nearby drivers. State Policemen and rangers are nearby to aid you or fine you, depending on your driving behavior, so please be a law abiding citizen.
• Northernmost point: Point Barrow, Alaska
• Easternmost point: West Quoddy Head, Maine
• Southernmost point: Ka Lae (South Cape), Hawaii
• Westernmost point: Cape Wrangell, Alaska1
• Geographic center (50 states): in Butte County, S.D.
(44' 58' N. lat., 103' 46' W. long.)
• Highest point: Mt. McKinley, Alaska (20,320 ft)
• Lowest point: Death Valley, Calif. (282 ft below sea level)
Sources: Infoplease, Wikipedia