Special Report

56 Most Amazing Things About America Today

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26. Green currency

The government chose to color U.S. currency green as an anti-counterfeiting strategy. When the color was adopted in the 19th century, cameras could only take black and white photographs, making imitation bills difficult to produce.

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27. Population concentration

Over half of the U.S. population lives in just nine states: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, and North Carolina.

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28. Americans like to travel

The number of passports Americans held leaped to 21.4 million in 2017, the most ever recorded.

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29. Belief in the individual

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 57% of Americans believe that individuals control their own success in life, the largest share of any country surveyed.

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30. Americans like to move

The United States is one of most mobile nations on Earth. According to a Gallup poll, 24% of U.S. adults reported moving within the country in the past five years.

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