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The American Culture

The American culture is primarily of European Origin and Western. Its influences include the cultures of Asian, African, Latin, and Native American peoples and their cultures. The United States has its own social and cultural characteristics, such as dialect, music, arts, social habits, etc. The American culture is ethnically diverse as a result of large-scale European immigration throughout its history. The United States is an anglophone country with a legal system derived from English common law.

Regional Variations

New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, the Midwest, the Southwest, and the West—an area that can be further divided into the Pacific States and the Mountain States—are semi-distinct in American culture. California, Oregon, and Washington state make up the west coast of the continental United States. Strong cultural divides have a long history in American culture. Dating back to the antebellum slave society in the south, serving as a good illustration. 

Language

Despite the fact that there is no official federal language in the United States. English has been made the official language in 28 states. It is regarded as the official language of the country. 800 or more languages in New York City out of the more than 300 languages spoken nationally. There are native speakers of other languages in the United States than English, some of which are spoken by indigenous people.

Languages are spoken at home in the United States 

In 2022

Language Percentage of the total population
English only 78.2%
Spanish 13.4%
Chinese 1.1%
Other 7.3%

Theater and performing arts

With the production of musical artists like Rodgers and Hammerstein, America is also the nation with the largest export market for contemporary musical theater. George and Ira Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Kander and Ebb, and Stephen Sondheim are some musical composers. The hub of American commercial theater, Broadway is one of the world’s largest theatrical districts.

Education

The government has historically been the principal provider of education in America. Federal, state, and local governments each have control and funding. At the elementary and secondary levels, attendance at school is required and essentially ubiquitous. 

Fashion and dress

The American fashion scene is diverse and largely informal. While their dress, especially that of recent immigrants, shows the diversity of the American cultural heritage. Leather motorcycle jackets, cowboy hats, and boots are symbols of uniquely American fashion. Merchant Levi Strauss introduced blue jeans as labor attire in the 1850s.

Housing

In the past, most Americans resided in rural areas with a few significant, somewhat sized cities. Middle-class neighborhoods have been disappearing from American cities, where housing costs are close to the national median. People whose median household income falls between 80% and 120% of the national average.

Sports and community culture

A banquet, a parade, an American football game, or occasionally basketball, wrestling, or ice hockey, are used as the focal point of the event. The events that schools participate in differ. However, they typically feature a football game on the school’s home field, alumni, and student events. A parade with the marching band and athletic teams, and the crowning of a Homecoming Queen.

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