Student Life in the United States

By EasyUni Staff | Last modified 11 Nov 2017
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The country is not just well-known for promoting and emphasizing on freedom and liberty, it is also renowned for: 

  • Financial aid for financially struggling nations
  • Biggest economy on earth
  • Muscle cars
  • Melting pot of cultures
  • Fast food
  • Wall street
  • Hollywood

However, there is a variety of other reasons why the USA is famous. The following paragraphs are providing you with the relevant information to show you how people live in the states, what is special about the US and which cultural traits are worth looking at.

The area of the United States

The size of the United States’ land is enormously huge because it ranges from the east of North America to the West. Thus, the total land area is of 9,826,675 km2 and right after Russia, Canada and China it is the fourth biggest country by land area. It consists of 50 states, 16 territories, a federal district, 310 Indian reservations and various overseas extraterritorial jurisdictions. States like Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico are blessed with the largest landmasses. However, the most popular states in the US to pursue studies are New York, California and Texas.

State

Size

Capital

New York

54,556.00

Albany

California

163,695.57

Sacramento

Texas

268,580.82

Austin

The largest cities however are scattered around the country and have been the backdrop for many movies or served as worthwhile study destinations. Those include New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and many more.

City

Amount of citizens

Location

New York City

19,015,900

Northeast

Los Angeles

12,944,801

West

Chicago

9,504,753

Midwest

Dallas

6,526,548

South

Houston

6,086,538

South

Philadelphia

5,992,414

Northeast

Washington, D.C.

5,703,948

Northeast

The weather in the US

The weather in the states is due to its humongous size very diverse. There might be Florida, California, Arizona or Nevada, which are all located in the south recording high temperatures every single year. States located in the north however like Montana, Wyoming and especially Alaska are basically cold.

Hence, Christmas and other statutory holidays are celebrated very differently. It might snow in New York City and you can imagine Christmas with a typical backdrop of snow. It is very unlikely though that you find the same conditions in Florida - warm temperatures are common within this period. Wherever you stay during your studies or your visit, make sure you find out about the weather of your destination. It can vary a lot. 

Demographics of the people in the US

The United States’ population totals up to more than 316 million and is famous for its cultural and racial diversity. Due to its history, people from around the world immigrated to the country in the North of America. Because the first waves of immigrants came from Europe, the stake of white people in the population is nowadays 72.40%. Black Americans follow closely with a stake of 12.60%. The remainder comprise of Asians, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Multiracials and plenty of others. 

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Regarding language it can be stated that most of the US’ citizens speak English. The exact amount is 80.38% or 233,780,338. Other languages account for 19.62% with Spanish the second most spoken language, which is spoken by 12% of the population. The remainder is divided equally among Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Tagalog, Vietnamese, French, Korean, German, Russian, Arabic, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Hindi, Urdu and plenty of others.

Plenty of religions can be found in the US. However, it can be stated that Christianity is the no.1 religion in the US which is followed by approximately 75% of the population. Interestingly, 16.1% of the population don’t follow any religion. Jewish, other Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and other are further faiths.

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Holidays

For constitutional reasons, the United States does not have any national holidays in the sense that most other nations do, i.e. days on which all businesses are closed by law and employees have a day off. Hence, there are only holidays on a state-level. However, there are holidays that are celebrated in nearly every state. Those are:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Inauguration Day
  • Washington’s Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas

In case you have the chance to stay longer in the states you will be able to enjoy one of those days. There are plenty of places to visit that are going to be discussed in the following chapters. 

Places to visit

Every year millions of visitors from around the globe flock to the US in order to take a quick glimpse on the world’s superpower’s sights. To make it as simple as possible for you we provide you a list with the most famous sights:

  • Mount Rashmore in South Dacota
  • Alcatraz, a former prison on an island in San Francisco
  • The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
  • Grand Canyon in Arizona
  • Pearl Harbour in Hawaii

Because the country is huge and sights are scattered around the area it might be worthwhile planning the trip in advance or visit certain cities where sights are geographically allocated at one particular spot. Hence, we provide you with a list of the top ten cities in the US:

  • New York City in New York
  • San Francisco in California
  • Chicago in Illinois
  • Orlando in Florida
  • Las Vegas in Nevada
  • Washington, D.C. in the District of Columbia
  • Boston in Massachusetts
  • Los Angeles in California
  • Honolulu in Hawaii
  • Seattle in Washington

The nightlife in the United States

Looking for a buzzy party destination? Or maybe you just want a few days to unwind in some mellow lounge or dive bar in a city you've never been to before. Whatever your mission is, here’s a list with one of the best party destinations:

Place

Description

Miami Beach

Miami Beach's night scene has always been hopping and the chic South Beach neighbourhood leads the party pack. You'll find everything from plush lounges to deafening dance clubs lining its art-deco streets.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas has earned its reputation as a giant playground for adults for good reason. Some of the world's most riotous nightclubs reside in the city's palatial casinos.

New York City

No city has a wider variety of nightlife options than NYC. There are a million ways to spend an evening, whether it's sipping cocktails in a trendy SoHo lounge, participating in a never-ending bar crawl in the East Village or belting out karaoke with your friends.

Chicago

When the sun goes down, Chi-town hot spots crank up the nightlife with live music, theatrical performances and dance beats. But while the Windy City boasts a fair number of swanky lounges and booming nightclubs, most locals prefer a more laid-back night out at a neighbourhood bar.

Posted on 09 Oct 2017
Student Life, Study Abroad