The United States of America is a federal republic consisting of fifty states and a federal district, as well as some territories. It is commonly called the United States ( US, USA, U.S. or U.S.A.) and America.When did the United States become a state?
Notes The original 13 states became sovereign in July 1776 upon agreeing to the United States Declaration of Independence, and each joined the first Union of states between 1777 and 1781, upon ratifying the Articles of Confederation. 2017 estimate Uses the term "commonwealth" rather than "state" in its full official name.What is the contiguous United States?
The contiguous United States or officially the conterminous United States consists of the 48 adjoining U.S. states plus Washington, D.C. on the continent of North America.What states are included in the continental United States?
Continental United States: The 48 adjoining states, Alaska and District of Columbia. ^ "Alaska Airlines website". Retrieved April 4, 2012. The Continental U.S. includes the lower 48 states as well as the State of Alaska, unless otherwise specified.