Special Report

The Most Amazing Things About America Today

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46. Belief in God

A Pew Research Center study found that about 41% of Americans said religion was very important in their lives, and 33% said it was somewhat important.

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47. Basketball

While baseball may be America’s national pastime, it borrows heavily from the British game of cricket. Similarly, football is based largely on the British sport of rugby. Invented in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891, basketball is the most popular uniquely American game.

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48. Longest border

The United States shares the world’s longest land border with its neighbor to the north, Canada, at over 5,500 miles. The border is split between the northern edge of the lower 48 states, and the eastern border of Alaska.

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49. Agricultural powerhouse

The United States produces more corn than any other country in the world, accounting for over 383 million metric tons in the 2018-2019 season. The next closest country, China, trailed U.S. corn production by over 100 million metric tons.

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50. Business hub

Of the 2,000 world’s largest companies, 590 are U.S.-based, according to Forbes. China and its special administrative region of Hong Kong are home to 291 of the 2,000 biggest businesses.

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