10 Fun Facts about America to Share with Your Exchange Student

For such a young country, the United States has become home to innovative technology, people of various backgrounds, sports teams worshipped like religions, and much more.


Your exchange student has likely already gleaned their own impression of America from Hollywood films, social media, and their experience thus far residing in the country. We’re here to fill in the gaps with a few fun facts about America that many of its own citizens don’t even know!


Here’s are our Top 10 Fun Facts About America to share with your exchange student:

American flag

1.  The flag of the USA consists of 13 stripes representing the 13 original colonies.

The 50 stars on the flag symbolize

the 50 states!



smiling girl eating pizza

2.  On average, Americans tend to eat about 100 acres of pizza each day.

Looks like Italian cuisine has had quite the influence on America!




"Abierto" sign hanging on window

3.  Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the U.S.

With an influx of friends coming in from nearby Spanish-speaking countries, it’s no surprise to hear the beautiful romance language from time to time.




Alaskan city with snow covered mountains behind

4.  Alaska is the largest state in the U.S.

Alaska used to belong to Russia before the U.S. purchased it for less than 2 cents/acre.




astronaut walking on moon with earth behind

5.  Americans are the first and only people to walk on the moon.

Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon on July 21, 1969.




young Native American family

6.  9.7 million Americans are registered as Native American or an Alaska Native.

To learn more about Native American culture, click here!




Statue of Liberty

7.  The Statue of Liberty was a gift to America from France

In 1885, the French gave the Statue of Liberty to the U.S. in honor of the alliance between the two countries during the American Revolution.




calculator on map

8.  The U.S. is the third most populous country in the world after India and China.

There are 331.9 million people in America whereas India has 1,425.7 million and China has 1,412.4 million people.



herd of cows

9.  In some states, there are more cows than people.

Moooo-ve aside. Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming all have more cattle than humans!



boy holding U.S. flag with thumb up

10.  The United States is the world’s #1 most popular study abroad location!

The country’s prestigious academic institutions and unique culture attracts thousands upon thousands of exchange students to study throughout the U.S. It’s no surprise why your exchange student was drawn here as well :)


We hope you were able to learn a few new quirky facts about America! Are we forgetting a fun fact? Share what you know in the comments below!


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