Special Report

The Most Amazing Things About America Today

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41. Higher education

The United States has the world’s most popular higher education system for foreign students, drawing over a million international students a year, the most of any country.

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42. Breweries

Good news for beer lovers. The Brewers Association said the number of brewers in the United States climbed to 8,884 in 2020 from just 89 in 1978, fueled by the craft beer surge.

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43. American companies dominate

Seven of the 10 largest companies in the world by market capitalization are based in the United States. Most of the top 100 companies by market cap (59) are American.

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44. Native American influence

More than half of the states — 26 — have names with native American origins.

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45. Americans love hot dogs

Americans bought 944.3 million pounds or about $2.8 billion worth of hot dogs in supermarkets in 2020. Los Angeles is top dog for franks, consuming about 30 million pounds a year.

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