Country Full Name: United States of America.
Location: The United States of America (USA) is in North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico.
Country Climate: Mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
Country Terrain: Vast central plain, mountains in west, hills and low mountains in east; rugged mountains and broad river valleys in Alaska; rugged, volcanic topography in Hawaii.
Major Languages: English.
Major Religions: Christianity.
Country Population: 304.4 million (2008 est.) 307.2 million (2009 est.).
Country Economy: The economy of the United States is a capitalist mixed economy, fueled by abundant natural resources, a well-developed infrastructure, and high productivity. The U.S. economy is the largest national economy in the world, with an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) equal to a quarter of nominal global GDP and a fifth of global GDP at purchasing power parity.
Currency: US Dollar (USD).
Country Inflation: 3.8% (2008 est.) -0.4% (2009 est.).
City: Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, and is the largest city in the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States.
City Economy: Chicago is home to 12 Fortune 500 companies. Chicago is a major transportation and distribution center. Manufacturing, printing and publishing, and food processing also play major roles in the city’s economy. Chicago has the third largest gross metropolitan product in the USA.
Cost of Living: Chicago has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Chicago is currently ranked 141 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.
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