Land Area of North America: 9,540,000 (mi²) / 23,309,892 (km²)

Population of North America: 564,547,963 (2013)

Largest City in North America: Mexico City, Mexico (19,411,000 (2012))

The North American continent is the 3rd largest continent. It includes the countries of Canada, United States, Greenland, Mexico and the Latin American regions that serve as a connection between North and South America. North America makes up about 17 percent of the world’s landmass and is home to about 8 percent of the people. The continent is found entirely in the northern hemisphere and surrounded by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

The population of about 565 million people are situated in about 23 independent countries. The earliest human inhabitants in North America were from Asia and crossed into Alaska over the Bering land bridge during an ice age. The arrival of Europeans occurred in the mid- 1600s. This population is now dominant in North America.

North America has a very diverse climate, wildlife, and geography. From extreme desert temperatures in Death Valley to the snow- covered mountains of Mount McKinley to the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. (2nd largest in the world), Lake Superior

North America is responsible for nearly 50% of the world’s corn production and 1/5th of the world’s wheat production. The continent is also an economic juggernaut with the largest GDP per capita of the 7 continents. You can also find the busiest airport in all of the 7 continents on the North American continent at Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.


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