UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A. THE COUNTRY
The U.S.A. is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states
and a federal district. The country is situated mostly in central North
America and has Alaska in the northwest of the continent, Hawaii in the
mid-Pacific, and also possesses several territories in the Caribbean and
Pacific. With a population of under 318 million, the U.S. is the
world’s third largest nation in area and population. It is one of the
most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of
large-scale immigration from many countries. It is the world’s largest
and most diverse economy, driven by technology, industry, natural
resources, agriculture and services. America’s time as the sole
superpower is declining while it accounts for up to 50% of the world’s
military spending. The threat of terrorism at home and abroad has seen
U.S. forces increasingly engaged overseas, a foreign policy that
generates significant backlash from some parts of the world.
The U.S. is being challenged more than ever by natural and man-made
B. THE PEOPLE
Thirty-one ethnicities have a population of 1 million. Larger ethnic
U.S. Caucasian 58.1%, Latin-Caribbean American 14.7%, African-American
12.2%, Eurasian 6.6%, Jews 1.8%, East Asian 3%, Arab 1.4%, Malay 1.1%,
North Asian 0.7%, Southeast Asian 0.7%, North American Indigenous 0.6%.
There is an increasing gap between rich and poor.
About 13% of the population use a language in the home other than the
official English language.
RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIANITY/PENTECOSTALISM
A rich legacy of Christian history has profoundly shaped the U.S.A., and
it continues to affect the world as provider of stability and of aid,
peacekeeper and proponent of democracy, and spreader of Christianity.
77.62% claim to be Christian, 16.5% non-religious, 1.65% Jewish, 1.63%
Muslim, and less than 1% each:
New religions, Buddhist/Chinese, Ethnoreligionist, Hindu, Baha’i, Sikh.
In the Christian groups, of note are:
27.51% Protestant, 21.19% Catholic, 17.47% Unaffiliated, 7.81%
Evangelicals are 28.9% of the population. Charismatics are 19.8%, and of
those 6.8% are Pentecostals. Pentecostal/charismatic groups make up
most of the growing Christian denominations in the U.S.A.
Operation World, Jason Mandryk. Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing, 2010.