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I don't understand America...

oh i bet you though this would be a controversial post didn't you?!!!!!

right, here is the thing, i don't really understand america. i have some questions in relation to the geography of it and i was hoping some of our USA'ers could help me?

ok, i know jana lives in washington state, am i correct in thinking that washington DC is over the other side of the country and is nowhere near to washington state? is washington state near to seattle?

what states or cities in america have cold winters and what states or cities have warm winters? (just a few well known ones will do if you don't wanna start typing out every state!)

in new york, there are 5 boroughs, right? well are they all relatively close to eachother? long island, is it a nice place to live?

i have more questions, but i can't think of them right now, when i do will post here. anyone else have questions?

feel free to ask any questions you have about the UK aswell!
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I'll take the Washington State one. Seattle is IN the state of Washington and yes, Washington DC (District of Columbia) is over towards the east coast whereas the state of Washington is on the West Coast.

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cold winters? North dakota, alaska, maine

Warm? Florida, some of texas
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Alaska, Minnesota,North Dakota, are some cold states. I have relatives that live on Long Island, its away from the city life, more country.
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ok, where is alaska? what other state/city/whatever you call it, is it next to/near to?

so the white house is in washington dc? is washington dc part of a state?

i sound really stupid don't i? lol!
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As for winter in Tennessee ,the average temperature is 38 degree's.

As far as snow ,I looked to see how much we get and it says the average is 11.9 inches . Hmm don't know where they get that ,as I've lived here since 1984 and I have never seen that much snow here .The past 5 year's I don't recall getting much over an inch .
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Washington, DCCountryUnited StatesConstructionStartedOctober 13, 1792Design teamArchitectJames HobanFor other uses, see White House (disambiguation).
See also: Executive Office of the President of the United States The White House, formerly known as the Executive Mansion, is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., it was built between 1792 and 1800 of white-painted Aquia sandstone in the late Georgian style and has been the executive residence of every U.S. President since John Adams. When Thomas Jefferson moved into the home in 1801, he, with architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, expanded the building outward, creating two colonnades which were meant to conceal stables and storage.[1]
In 1814, during the War of 1812, the mansion was set ablaze by the British Army in the Burning of Washington, destroying the interior and charring much of the exterior walls. Reconstruction began almost immediately, and President James Monroe moved into the partially reconstructed house in October 1817. Construction continued with the addition of the South Portico in 1824 and the North in 1829. Due to crowding within the executive mansion itself, President Theodore Roosevelt had nearly all work offices relocated to the newly-constructed West Wing in 1901. Eight years later, President William Howard Taft expanded the West Wing and created the first Oval Office which was eventually moved as the section was expanded. The third-floor attic was converted to living quarters in 1927 by augmenting the existing hip roof with long shed dormers. A newly constructed East Wing was used as a reception area for social events; both new wings were connected by Jefferson's colonnades. East Wing alterations were completed in 1946 creating additional office space. By 1948, the house's load-bearing exterior walls and internal wood beams were found to be close to failure. Under Harry S. Truman, the interior rooms were completely dismantled, resulting in the construction of a new internal load-bearing steel framework and the reassembly of the interior rooms.
Today, the White House Complex includes the Executive Residence (in which the First Family resides), the West Wing (the location of the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and Roosevelt Room), and the East Wing (the location of the office of the First Lady and White House Social Secretary), as well as the Old Executive Office Building, which houses the executive offices of the President and Vice President.
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I can personally attest to the fact that Chicago has cold winters.
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ok, where is alaska? what other state/city/whatever you call it, is it next to/near to?
Alaska is located closer to the North Pole than it is to any major American City. Alaska is not part of the continental US. It borders western Canada and is just off the waters of Siberia, thousands of miles north of Seattle, the closest major American city.

Alaska is the final American frontier, filled with beauty unsurpassed anywhere in the world, rich in resources and low in population. It is very cold in the winter. And parts of it enjoy 18-20 hours of light in the summer and 18-20 hours of dark in the winter each day, being as close at it is to the North Pole.
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Johnor - your questions are very intelligent! I'll take "Is Washington, DC part of a state?"

No - not part of a state. Washington DC is a relatively small "federal district" - where the federal government buildings are. Washington DC was in a perfect square shape - with the Potomac River running through the middle. Half of the land was given by the State of Maryland and half of the land was given by the State of Virginia.

However -- at some point -- Virginia took back its' land. So only the land given by Maryland is left in DC. And DC is no longer a perfect square. Now it has two perfectly straight sides. And a third jagged side created by the Potomac River.

So, Washington DC is bordered by the State of Maryland, and the Potomac River.

In the USA, each State has a lot of power to make laws. The founding fathers of the US did not want any state to make laws which would control the federal government. So Washington, DC does not have state powers. Instead, DC is "governed" by committees made up of members of Congress.
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