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About the USA

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Updated 01 July 2015

Visiting the United States has this information:


U.S. Government

State Facts

  • How many states are there?
  • What is Washington D.C. if it isn't a state?
  • What is Puerto Rico if it isn't a state?
  • Plus links to state government web sites and other sources

Postal Information

  • How should I address a letter to the U.S.?
    What are the postal abbreviations for each of the fifty states?
  • How can I find out the zip code of an address in the U.S.?
  • What are the current postal rates in the U.S.?

Embassies and consulates

  • How can I obtain a list of addresses for all U.S. embassies and consulates?
  • How can I obtain a list of addresses for foreign country embassies and consulates in the U.S.?

Statistics on the U.S.

  • What is the current population of the U.S.?
  • I need a basic set of statistics about the U.S. covering population, economics and so on?
  • I want to know the population of a particular town?
  • Where will I find the very latest statistics on the economy, employment, prices, transportation, crime, population, education and health?

U.S. Publications

  • How can I obtain books published in America?
  • Where can I see American newspapers and magazines. Can I buy American newspapers in the U.K.?
  • I need a document published by the U.S. Federal government. What is the U.S. equivalent of Her Majesty's Stationery Office?   Answer: the U.S. Government Printing Office (USGPO).

American Studies

The American Embassy in London


IIP Publications eBooks

  • IIP Publications are now available as eBooks for a variety of e-readers. The IIP Digital eBooks page offers free downloads of books and e-Journals in all common file formats suitable for iPads, Kindles, Kobo, Nook and others.