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USA The Facts

  • Full name: United States of America
  • Population: 305.8 million (UN, 2007)
  • Capital: Washington DC
  • Largest city: New York City
  • Area: 9.8 million sq km (3.8 million sq miles)
  • Major language: English
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 US dollar = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Computers and electrical machinery, vehicles, chemical products, food and live animals, military equipment and aircraft
  • GNI per capita: US $43,740 (World Bank, 2006)
  • Internet domain: .us
  • International dialling code: +1
  • President: George W Bush
  • The press
    • USA Today - national daily
    • Wall Street Journal - business daily
    • Christian Science Monitor - church-owned daily
    • Los Angeles Times - daily
    • Washington Post - daily
    • Boston Globe - daily
    • New York Post - daily
    • New York Times - daily
    • Philadelphia Inquirer - daily
    • Baltimore Sun - daily
    • Chicago Tribune - daily
      Newsweek - news weekly
    • Time - news weekly
    • U.S.News & World Report - news weekly
  • Television
    • ABC - major commercial network
    • CBS - major commercial network
    • NBC - major commercial network
    • Fox - major commercial network
    • CNN - pioneer of 24-hour rolling TV news, operates domestic and international streams
      MTV - pioneer of music television
    • HBO (Home Box Office) - pay TV network; originator of some of American TV's most critically-acclaimed programmes
    • PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) - public TV, serves some 350 non-commercial member stations
  • Radio
    • NPR (National Public Radio) - non-commercial network of member stations; news, information and cultural programmes
    • Clear Channel - America's largest commercial radio operator, owns more than 1,200 stations
    • CBS Radio - major commercial operator with nearly 180 stations in major markets
    • ABC Radio Networks - operates flagship stations coast-to-coast
  • External broadcasting
    • Voice of America - government-funded, programmes for global audiences in many languages
    • Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - government-funded, targets eastern Europe, former
    • Soviet Union and the Caucasus in local languages
    • Radio Free Asia - government funded, targets China, North Korea and southeast Asia
    • Al-Hurra - government-funded, satellite TV for Middle East
    • Radio Sawa - government-funded, Arabic-language radio for Middle East
    • Radio Farda - government-funded, Persian-language radio
    • Radio and TV Marti - government-funded services for Cuba
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