United States

Key Stats

Capital: Washington, DC

Population: 326 million

Average life expectancy: 80 years

Literacy rate: 86%

Population living below poverty line: 15%

Population without electricity: 0

Population without access to safe drinking water: 2.6 million

Most widely spoken language: English

Source: The World Factbook

About United States

Although the United States has the second-largest economy in the world, an unequal distribution of wealth is creating an ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor. Stagnating wages for lower-income families and rising health care costs have challenged many to remain above the poverty line. Home to many cultures, ethnic groups, traditions, and values, the United States enjoys a rich craft culture, both traditional and modern.