The United States of America is the largest country in the Americas by land area and the fourth largest country in the world. The cultural and political influence it exerts globally, backed up by its status as the world most militarily powerful country, has enabled it to retain its status as the unchallenged global force. A federal constitutional republic, it consists of fifty states and one federal capital district – Washington D.C. Statistics relating to the United States convey a plethora of impressive facts and figures that support this country’s economic, political, industrial and cultural development. Every year, the United States attracts swathes of overseas visitors to the Great Plains, shining seas and urban metropolises. Here you will find information relating the most current and exciting market data and statistics on the USA.
Population numbers in the USA have grown steadily in the last decade, caused in no small part by the migration flow into the country. Statistical data about the ten largest migration flows between countries in 2010, compiled by the World Bank, puts Mexico-USA in first place. In that year, 11.6 million migrants made their way to the USA from Mexico. Mexico significantly outstripped China, with 1.7 million Chinese migrants arriving in the country in 2010. This is sometimes problematic, as illegal immigration is rife in some areas, which poses a number of challenges to U.S. authorities. In 2009, Mexico also managed to top the USA’s list of the highest number of illegal immigrants by country of origin, which according to the U.S Department of Homeland Security, currently sits at around six million. The United States is often taken as a prime example of a cultural melting pot due to the vast array of migrants who have played such an important role in its history and development.
According to the International Monetary Fund, the total population of the US totaled around 312 million people in 2011, and although the rate of population growth in the US has sunk somewhat since 2007 - from 1 percent to 0.66 percent - the country remains one of the most populated in the world (behind India and China).
The USA economy is the largest and most developed in the world and has remained largely unchallenged in this role for decades. However, its long-term position has begun to appear less stable in recent years, as China pursues its rapid economic policies of development. In 2011, according to data from the International Monetary Fund, the U.S. GDP reached over 15 trillion U.S. dollars, according to the International Monetary Fund. The unemployment rate in the US in 2011 was at around nine percent, less than the previous year, while the size of the labor force in the US amounted to almost 140 million people. The United States economy is still suffering the backlash of the 2008 financial crisis, which had its roots in the subprime mortgage market, leaving a global crisis in its wake. The quarterly growth rate of the GDP in the US was three percent in the fourth quarter of 2011.
A 2010 WTO ranking of the largest exporting countries listed the USA as the second-largest merchandise exporter worldwide.
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