North America Facts
- North America is a continent wholly within the Northern Hemisphere and almost wholly within the Western Hemisphere
- It covers about 16.5% of the Earth's land area
- In July 2008, its population was estimated at nearly 529 million people, which representied about 7.5% of the human population of the Earth
- It is the third-largest continent in area
- The most populous country in North America is the United States
- The largest citiy in North America is Mexico City, followed by New York
- Canada is the largest country in land area in North America
- The United States is the world's largest producer of corn
- North America has the 2nd largest lake in the world, Lake Superior.
However if you consider Lake Michigan and Huron as one lake because of the connection through the Straits of Mackinac, then Lake Michigan–Huron is the largest in the world!
- North America's Great Lakes form the largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth, containing 21% of the world's surface fresh water
- The Mississippi River is the longest river in North America, and the 4th longest river in the world!
- Mount McKinley in Alaska is the highest point in North America, at 6,194m or 20,320 ft
- Death Valley is the lowest point at 86m below sea level. Besides that is is also the hottest and driest area in North America!
Want some other quick facts, have a look at this video.