What is the Culture of the USA?

According to the U.S. Governments there is no “official language of the United States”. Almost every language is spoken in the United States, the most frequently spoken non-English languages: Spanish, but Chinese, French and German are also prevalent. Ninety percent of the U.S. population speaks and understands at least some English, and most official business is conducted in English.

The Census Bureau estimates that more than 300 languages are spoken in the United States divided into four categories: Spanish; Indo-European languages, (German, Yiddish, Swedish, French, Italian, Russian, etc.) and several, mostly Asian and Pacific Island languages and what is called   “all other languages” that didn’t fit  the other e categories.  Spanish French and German are the most frequently spoken non-English languages.

The United States was founded on the principle of religious freedom. Nearly every known religion is practiced. Nearly 83% of Americans identify themselves as Christians, and Judaism is the second at about 7% of the population. 6% are Muslim, and 3% have stated  no religion at all.

Clothing is influenced by celebrities and the media, and  vary by social status, region, occupation and climate. Jeans, sneakers, baseball caps, cowboy hats and boots are typically associated with Americans and clothing sales equal up to $200 billion per year.

But American culture cannot be really pinned down into neat categories. Its size and diversity makes that an almost impossible. Its diversity makes it both an asset and problem.

Americans are still struggling to find a way to make all this diversity and opportunity working  to together, rather than  keeping them separate.

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