Outline of the United States

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

Contents

General reference[edit]

An enlargeable map of the United States showing the population density in 2010

Geography of the United States[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of the contiguous United States
 Canada 8,893 km[1]
 Mexico 3,141 km
  • Coastline: 19,924 km

Environment of the United States[edit]

An enlargeable satellite composite image of the contiguous United States. Deciduous vegetation and grasslands prevail in the east, transitioning to prairies, boreal forests, the Rocky Mountains in the west, and deserts in the southwest.

Geographic features of the United States[edit]

View from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, a World Heritage Site

Regions of the United States[edit]


Physiographic divisions of the United States[edit]

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.[2] These major divisions are:

Administrative divisions of the United States[edit]

States of the United States[edit]

At the Declaration of Independence, the United States consisted of 13 states, former colonies of the United Kingdom. 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:

Map of the United States with state border lines. Note that Alaska and Hawaii are shown at different scales, and that the Aleutian Islands and the uninhabited northwestern Hawaiian Islands are omitted from this map.

Territories of the United States[edit]

Location of the insular areas of the United States:
  The United States of America
  Incorporated unorganized territory
  Unincorporated organized territory
  Unincorporated unorganized territory
  Freely associated commonwealth
Incorporated organized territories[edit]
  • none since 1959
Incorporated unorganized territories[edit]
Unincorporated organized territories[edit]
Unincorporated unorganized territories[edit]

Geography of the states and territories[edit]

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Demography of the United States[edit]

Main article: Demography of the United States

Demographics of the states and territories[edit]

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Climate of the United States[edit]

History of the United States[edit]

John Trumbull's famous painting is usually incorrectly identified as a depiction of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but it actually shows the drafting committee presenting its work to the Congress.
Main outline: Outline of United States history

Period-coverage[edit]

History of the states and territories[edit]

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Presidents of the United States[edit]

Government and politics in the United States[edit]

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

Federal government[edit]

Legislative branch[edit]

Further information: Legislative branch

Executive branch[edit]

Further information: Executive branch
Federal executive departments[edit]

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)
State 1789 1 Initially named "Department of Foreign Affairs" 9.96 30,266
Treasury 1789 2 11.10 115,897
Defense 1947 3 Initially named "National Military Establishment" 439.30 3,000,000
Justice 1870 4 Position of Attorney General created in 1789, but had no department until 1870 23.40 112,557
Interior 1849 5 10.70 71,436
Agriculture 1889 6 77.60 109,832
Commerce 1903 7 Originally named Commerce and Labor; Labor later separated 6.20 36,000
Labor 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 Development 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 Affairs 1989 14 73.20 235,000
Homeland Security 2002 15 44.60 208,000
Total budget (fiscal year 2007): 1,523.42 4,193,144

Commissions[edit]

Judicial branch[edit]

Further information: Judicial branch

State and territory governments[edit]

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Politics of the states and territories[edit]

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Foreign relations[edit]

International organization membership[edit]

Military[edit]

US Military Awards and Decorations[edit]

Intelligence Organizations[edit]

Headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency

Law of the United States[edit]

Main article: Law of the United States

Culture of the United States[edit]

Main article: Culture of the United States

American cuisine[edit]

Historical cuisine[edit]

Cuisine of the states and territories[edit]

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Art in the United States[edit]

Film[edit]

Music in the United States[edit]

Genres[edit]
Music in the states and territories[edit]

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Radio[edit]

Sports in the United States[edit]

Main article: Sports in the United States

List of Major Sports Leagues in the United States[edit]

Main article: Major North American professional sports leagues

Sports by state and territory[edit]

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Sports Museums in the United States[edit]

Education in the United States[edit]

Main article: Education in the United States

Education in the states and territories[edit]

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Economy and infrastructure of the United States[edit]

Main article: Economy of the United States
The United States is the world's largest economy (IMF, 2010).

Economy by state and territory[edit]

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Tourism in the United States[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The total length of the land border between Canada and the United States is the longest between any two countries.
  2. ^ "Physiographic Regions". United States Geological Survey. 2003-04-17. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  3. ^ DOI Office of Internal Affairs http://www.doi.gov/oia/Islandpages/wakepage.htm

External links[edit]

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