We reckon Americans have an unfair rep when it comes to geography. There’s seems to be a global opinion (not shared by us) that giving Americans a geography test is kind of like asking an Inuit to name a lineup of rare tropical plants. But surely if we asked Americans about their own geography, the results would be better, right? That was what we set out to prove.
We interviewed 2,000 proud citizens of the US of A and showed them photos of their most iconic landmarks. You know, the properly famous ones that have been blown up in any number of Hollywood movies. The good news is that 68% of people considered themselves knowledgable about American landmarks (despite only 37% of them having visited one in their lives). The bad news? Well…
- 57% of Americans didn’t know the Grand Canyon was in Arizona.
- 13% of Americans thought Alcatraz was in New York. 11% didn’t know where it was. 2% thought the island was stormed by Sean Connery in the mid 90s (that last one isn’t true).
- 9% thought the USA was the biggest country in the world.
- 3% of Americans don’t know where the White House is.
But it wasn’t all Calamity Jane. There were some hopeful stats too. Click the infographic below for the lowdown on America’s geographical skills.
So how would you have fared? Do you know where Niagara Falls is…really? Do Americans get a bad rap when it comes to geography? Comment below and let us know.