United States is located in North America, south of Canada and north of Mexico. One of the country's 50 states, Hawaii, is found in the Pacific Ocean. The United States controls a number of small islands in the Caribbean and the Pacific. It is the third-largest country in the world.
Population: 316 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: White - 81.7%, Black - 12.9%, Asian - 4.2%, Amerindian - 1%, Hawaiian - 0.2%
Languages: English - 82.1%, Spanish - 10.7%, other Indo-European - 3.8%, Asian and Pacific Island - 2.7%, other - 0.7%
Religions: Protestant - 51.3%, Roman Catholic - 23.9%, Mormon - 1.7%, other Christian - 1.6%, Jewish - 1.7%, Buddhist - 0.7%, Muslim - 0.6%, other or unspecified - 2.5%, unaffiliated - 12.1%, none - 4%
AMERICANS IN TORONTO
In Canada: 316,350
In the GTA: 38,915
In the City of Toronto: 15,950
For decades following World War II, the United States was the leading economic and military power in the world. It is still widely regarded as the world's most powerful country, but is no longer considered as dominant as it once was. Today, America is a nation of great diversity. There are thirty-one different ethnic groups with a population of at least 1 million people in the United States. Freedom of religion is written into the constitution and the principle of separation of church and state is intended to protect both. American culture has been strongly shaped by Christianity, but America today is much more secular than it was in the past.
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