25 Things That Visitors Will Find Most Surprising About The United States

The United States is a very misunderstood country. In fact, almost everybody in the world has a different point of view concerning what it should/could be and the media never helps. As big as it is, generalizations are very hard to make. Every state is different. Actually, every state even has its own military! To understand why America is what it is you need to go back to its roots. It was built by people trying to escape government. It was built with a wild west, this-land-is-mine mentality. It’s a no-government-can-tell-me-what-to-do mentality. It’s survival of the fittest and this mentality survives until today. This is why each state has a militia. That is why guns are prevalent. This is why the US has a huge rich-poor gap. In Europe people are used to monarchies and governments making decisions, providing protections, etc. In fact, government oversight is typically seen as a good thing. In the US it is not. In Europe taking care of the poor is seen as the government’s job. In the US it is seen as the role of the churches, non-profits, etc. The mentality is different and almost every single items you find on this list stems from that anti-government, wild west mentality. For better or for worse these are 25 things that visitors will find most surprising about the United States.

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People actually drive within their lanes. Ok, this is pretty common in Europe too, but if you're coming from Asia or Africa get ready to witness the wonder.

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The country is huge and there is virtually no public transport. This is a symptom of the Wild West mentality. It's up to you to find your own way around.

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Poorer people are usually more obese than richer people. Once again this stems from the Wild West mentality. Health is not seen as a societal issue but an individual issue. As a result, poor people will have less access to and knowledge of health related topics.

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With some exceptions, cities look the same, suburbs look the same, and everything is zoned. Don't expect your suburban neighborhood to be full of cool stores, boutiques, or bars. (Though we have to admit, this is a trend that is changing)

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Piggybacking on the last point (and the one about public transport), if you do happen to want to go to a restaurant or a store you will absolutely, categorically need a car...unless you live in a big city.

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