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United States

Browse economic indicators and data sets, selected by Global Finance editors, to learn more about the United States economic outlook, debt to GDP ratio, international trade performance and population trends. Rankings of the U.S. best banks and safest banks are also available.

The World’s Most Dynamic, Diversified Economy

A political and economic powerhouse, the United States is home to a large consumer market, advanced infrastructure, and a well-educated workforce. Its diversified and dynamic economy makes it a leading producer of oil, gas and other mineral resources, a pioneer in research and innovation, as well as an agricultural and industrial behemoth, and a top tourist destination. Favorable corporate taxation, a high level of business freedom, and a wide range of financial, insurance and banking services allowed the U.S. to become the top destination in the world for foreign direct investment. Challenges include high public debt, a polarized political landscape, an aging population and income inequality, as well as the competition with China in trade, technology and global political influence.

United States GDP & Economic Overview

Key Facts

Total Area 9,833,517 sq km
Type of Government Federal democratic republic
Capital City Washington, D.C.
Total Population 335.537 million
Median Age 38.1
Total GDP USD 26,854,600 millions
Adult Per Capita Income (PPP) USD 85,786.80

The United States

Trade & Finance

International Trade

Total Exports USD 3,206,115 million
Major Exports Cars
Crude petroleum
Broadcasting equipment
Packaged medicines
Major Trade Partners – Exports Mexico
Total Imports USD 2,096,318 million
Major Imports Cars and vehicle parts
Integrated circuits
Crude petroleum
Refined petroleum
Natural gas
Major Trade Partners – Imports China
South Korea

Inbound and Outbound Investment

Data Shows the United States’ Debt Load To Be Higher Than the Regional Average

The chart at left compares the United States’ debt-to-GDP ratio to the regional average. It illustrates how the country has struggled with keeping its debt burden in line with national productive capacity.

United States' Leading Companies

Retailer Walmart
Conglomerate Amazon
Technology Alphabet
Technology Microsoft
Technology Apple
Conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway

Global Finance Rankings & Awards: The United States

Global Finance Magazine holds several conferences and awards ceremonies throughout the year to recognize the winning financial institutions and companies in a host of categories including World’s Best Trade Finance Banks, World's Biggest Banks, World's Safest Banks, World's Best Developed & Emerging Markets Banks, World's Best Internet Banks, and World’s Best Investment Banks.

Data Sources:

IMF World Economic Outlook

UN World Population Prospects

World Inequality Report

S&P Global Ratings


Fitch Ratings

IMF Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS)

UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

CIA The World Factbook

World Bank’s World Integrated Trade Solution

Forbes Global 2000