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North America

North America

Land Area of North America: 9,540,000 (mi²) / 23,309,892 (km²)
Population of North America: 564,547,963 (2013)
Largest City in North America: Mexico City, Mexico (19,411,000) (2012)

The North American continent is the 3rd largest continent in the world, mainly comprising of Canada, United States and Greenland. North America makes up about 17 percent of the world’s landmass and is home to about 8 percent of the people. The continent is found entirely in the northern hemisphere and surrounded by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Situated entirely in the northern hemisphere.

23 countries inhabit the continent with some 565 million people carrying out day to day activities there. Its earliest inhabitants in North America were from Asia and crossed into Alaska over the Bering land  bridge during the ice age.

North America has a very diverse climate, wildlife, and geography. From extreme desert temperatures in Death Valley to the snow-covered mountains of Mount McKinley to the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. (2nd largest in the world) and because of the history of colonialism, most North Americans speak English, Spanish or French and societies and states commonly reflect Western traditions.

From the islands of Barbados and Cayman Islands to the more current sensation Turks & Caicos with its clear water, pristine beaches and serene environment, tourists have fun engaging in a lot of diverse and fun activities. 

The dominant languages in North America are English, Spanish, and French. Danish is prevalent in Greenland alongside Greenlandic, and Dutch is spoken side by side local languages in the Dutch Caribbean. The term Anglo-America is used to refer to the anglophone countries of the Americas: namely Canada (where English and French are co-official) and the United States, but also sometimes Belize and parts of the tropics, especially the Commonwealth Caribbean. Latin America refers to the other areas of the Americas (generally south of the United States) where the Romance languages, derived from Latin, of Spanish and Portuguese (but French speaking countries are not usually included) predominate: the other republics of Central America (but not always Belize), part of the Caribbean (not the Dutch-, English-, or French-speaking areas), Mexico, and most of South America (except Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana (France), and the Falkland Islands (UK)).

Christianity is the largest religion in the United States, Canada and Mexico according to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey, 77.4% of the population considered themselves Christians. Christianity also is the predominant religion in the 23 dependent territories in North America. The United States has the largest Christian population in the world, with nearly 247 million Christians (70%), although other countries have higher percentages of Christians among their populations. And in absolute terms, Mexico has the world's second largest number of Catholics, surpassed only by Brazil.

The most populous country in North America, is the United States with 318.4 million persons. The second largest country is Mexico with a population of 112,322,757. Canada is the third most populous country with 32,623,490. The majority of Caribbean island-nations have national populations under a million, though Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico (a territory of the United States), Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago each have populations higher than a million.

 

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