The United States consists of 52 states, including Alaska and Hawaii which are not part of the main contigious land mass of the US. The United States has a population of about 317 million, living on about 9.8 million square kilometers, making it the 3rd largest country in the world. It’s hard to think that the United States was a British colony until 1776 when it gained independence, and has since become the top super power on the planet. The United States has had a huge influence on the world in technology, culture, and arts, where the culture encourages innovation and creativity. The United States photos you will see here are from a mix of business and personal travel, but, I hve been to many parts of the US and pretty much all the major centers in the country.