41. Higher education
The U.S. has the world’s strongest higher education system and draws over a million international students a year, the most of any country.
The U.S. accounts for 21% of energy consumption globally and has the world’s highest per capita energy consumption. America is second in the world in energy production.
Good news for beer lovers. The number of brewers in the U.S. climbed to 6,372 in 2017, from just 89 in 1978, fueled by the craft beer surge.
44. American companies dominate
Eight of the 10 largest companies in the world by market cap are American.
45. Supersized employer
According to the book, “Fast Food Nation,” at some point, one out of eight Americans will work for McDonald’s.