Difference Between America and USA (With Table)

America and USA are both similar words and due to similar words both are often confusing, but both the terms are different and both have different meanings. This article, explains both their difference.

America vs USA

The main difference between America and USA is that America is the combination of many different countries around the world which occupies 28.4% area of the earth on the other hand USA is a country with one government, 50 states and it is the world’s third-largest land area on the earth.

America refers to the landmass which consists of Central America, South America, and North America. It refers to the land in the western hemisphere which is composed of North America, South America, and Central America these landmasses together make America. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus.

The United States of America in short USA is a discrete country located in the western meridian and is also a landmass referred to as the Americas. But America refers to a larger piece of land but the USA refers to only a share of American land. USA is the world’s largest national economy with 20.953 billion dollars and considered as one of the most powerful nations in the world.

Comparison Table Between America and USA

Parameters of ComparisonAmericaUSA
Location            It is located in the western hemisphere.  The United States of America is located in the continent of North America.
Area It occupies 28.4% of the world total areaThe United States of America is world’s third-largest nation by land in the world.
Discovered    It was discovered by Christopher Columbus   It was first settled by the English
Another name Another name of America is the new world.     It is also called as US or United states.
MeaningThe Combination of many countries.The USA is just one country.

What is America?

The name America was first recorded in the year 1507. The term America concludes all the land in the western hemisphere, known as the new world. America is highly diverse in population and the diversity comes from the immense global immigration. Probably the most diverse land in cultures, races, ethnicities including Native Americans, Eskimos, and Aleuts. America is a continent comprising many different countries.

The attribute in discovering America was Christopher Columbus although it was already populated with many indigenous people. He and his Italian explorer friend Amerigo Vespucci made several successful voyages in the western hemisphere.

When we say Americas it can be referred to as plural or single America. It generally refers to both the continents of North America and South America. People generally use the term America as a short name for The United States of America. To give the whole context of what we trying to say we need to clarify if we mean the USA or continents, else that might create misunderstanding since people use the word America to refer to The United States of America. Some examples of how people use the word America to refer the USA are below-

My family lives in America.

Kasturi works in America.

I and my friends are planning to go to America for this summer vacation.

In this example, the word America is referred to as the USA by the speaker cause it is safe to assume that the general public commonly refers to saying America in short as the United States of America.

What is USA?

The United States of America is a country which is located in North America. It is a country. The country is made with a combination of 50 states and a federal district. It generally refers to the United States, the US, the USA, or the U.S. The United States of America is a federal republic that is the third-largest country by population and land area. It has a total population of around 315 million people and square miles of 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2).

The major characteristics of The United States of America are diversity and variety. The environment of the USA ranges from moist rain forest to the desert, from the tropical to the arctic, from the flat prairie to the mountain peak. The USA has one of the most communities of diversity in people and races in general. People from all over the world migrates to the USA for many reasons mostly job purpose and to have a better life. It’s like a melting pot of all the cultures and cuisine since the diversity is huge.

The thing that keeps both the term (America and USA) different is both have two different political divisions. The USA has two different citizenship. The capital of the USA is Washington, D.C. their official languages are English, Spanish (no official national language). Their currency is the U.S. dollar. The USA consists of major mountain ranges which are the Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains, and consist of Major rivers like Colorado, Missouri, and Missippi. The USA is divided into 6 regions: the southwest, the Midwest, and the West European.

Main Difference between America and the USA

  1. In comparison to the area, America has a much larger area than the USA.
  2. America was discovered before the establishment of the USA
  3. America has many different governments throughout different mainland whereas the USA has only one government.
  4. America is a combination of many countries whereas the USA is only one country including 50 states.
  5. America concludes to the whole landmass in the western hemisphere in the globe however The United States of America or USA is a part of western hemisphere as well as its part of America.
  6. The population of America is greater than the population of the USA.
  7. America is a continent it is not a country however USA is country with 50 states.

Conclusion

From the above discussion, we can relate that both are different with have different meanings.  The United States of America is a nation located in the Continent North America. The major cities are New York City, Los Angeles CA, Chicago, Atlanata, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle. The current president of USA is Joe Biden the country is one of the most overlooked country in the world due to its huge economy.

However, there is some technical error that the USA alone refers to the USA as America represents a much larger geographical extent with much varied geographical aspects like government, division, power, etc., and also culture, size, population, and so on.

America is not a country it is continent including with many country where the USA is one country.

References

  1. https://books.google.co.in/books?hl=en&lr=&id=KQAUAAAAYAAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA1&dq=america&ots=Hge4DCxfKm&sig=E26m6PEpSSHqXJG4WUWNTIvzl7M&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=america&f=false
  2. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/9783527680795.ch11