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Moving to the USA Fact File of Unusual Facts

Oct 19. 2022

The USA remains the second most popular destination for expats when they decide to move from the UK. As the third largest country in the world, moving to the USA means you have a vast array of locations to choose from. If you’re opting to join the thousands of people that migrate there every year, here are a few insightful facts about the USA:

New York hasn’t always been called New York. It was formerly New Amsterdam as named by the Dutch that settled in Manhattan. The name New York came about in the 17th century when the English captured it and named it after the Duke of York.

Alaska was originally part of Russia up until the first part of the 19th Century, not the USA. When it was sold to the Americans, it became a US territory, but took almost another 100 years to become a state in 1959.

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, one of the west coast’s most iconic landmarks is constantly being painted. Due to the vast size of the bridge, it’s necessary to keep painting it.

Hawaii is the only US state that is entirely made up of islands, making it the only archipelago state in the USA.

The largest city in the USA is New York. It has almost 8.4 million inhabitants compared to 3.9 million inhabitants in Los Angeles, 2.7 million in Chicago, 2.3 million for Brooklyn and 2.3 million inhabitants calling Houston home.

Missouri River is the longest river of the USA, reaching 3,767 km/ 2,341 miles in length. It flows through seven states of the USA from Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas to Missouri. The Missouri River along with the Mississippi River actually form one of the largest river systems in the world.

Death Valley is the hottest place in the USA and is, in fact, the hottest place on earth. The highest air temperature ever recorded was a staggering 134°F (57°C) at Furnace Creek in 1913. During most years, the summer temperatures can often top 120°F (49°C) and the night times don’t drop much below the 90s°F (mid-30s°C.) Badwater Basin in Death Valley is also the lowest point in North America with an elevation of 86 m/ 282 ft.

The number of cows in Montana outnumber people. The main industry in this state is agriculture, and in particular two-thirds of are livestock agriculture. Interestingly there are around 2.6 million cows in Montana and just over 1 million people residing there!

Foreign citizens wishing to immigrate and live permanently in the U.S. must comply with U.S. visa immigration laws, and specific procedures to apply for visas. At DHS, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is responsible for immigration matters, including naturalization.

Our international moving experts at Burke Bros Moving Group have experience of the logistics of moving to the USA no matter which area you’re moving to. They will be only too happy to answer any questions you have and can be contacted on 01902 714555 or via email at sales@burkebros.co.uk. If you’d like to book a pre-move survey for an accurate quotation, please contact our office to arrange this.

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