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50 Most Amazing Things About America Today

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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.

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42. Energy

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.

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43. Breweries

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.

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44. American companies dominate

Eight of the 10 largest companies in the world by market cap are American.

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45. Supersized employer

According to the book, “Fast Food Nation,” at some point, one out of eight Americans will work for McDonald’s.