Special Report

56 Most Amazing Things About America Today

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46. Service industry is boss

According to the latest BLS report, 108 million people (71% of nonfarm payroll employees) were employed in the service sector.

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47. Native American influence

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

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48. Hurricanes

The United States, with its extensive coastline, has had more hurricanes (close to 300) since 1851 than any other country, according to data from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

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49. Americans love hot dogs

Americans bought 871.8 million pounds or about $2.3 billion worth of hot dogs in supermarkets in 2019. Los Angeles is top dog for franks, consuming about 30 million pounds a year.

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50. Belief in God

A Pew Research Center study conducted from 2011 to 2013 found that about 54% of Americans said religion was very important in their lives, compared with 24% of people in Canada, 21% in Australia, and 21% in Germany.

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