17 Things the World Thinks About Americans That Aren’t True

Sadly, the world believes many stereotypes about Americans that aren’t always accurate or fair. While most of us may be more privileged than citizens of other countries, that doesn’t mean we deserve to be put into boxes that don’t represent us as individuals. Let’s clear up some of that misinformation with these 17 things the world thinks about Americans that aren’t true.

Americans Are All Wealthy

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Many people have a sense that America is a land of riches and all of its inhabitants are very wealthy. However, the sad truth is that there is a significant income inequality in the U.S., with some people being very well off and a large number of others living in poverty.

Everyone Owns a Gun

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Some people mistakenly think that all or the vast majority of Americans possess firearms. Pew Research reports that 32% of Americans state that they personally own a gun. While this may be a high percentage compared to the rest of the world, it’s also far from the whole population.

Americans Are Not Cultured

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While it’s true that modern America is fairly young compared to other countries, that doesn’t mean that Americans are completely devoid of culture. The U.S. is full of cultural institutions such as museums, music venues, and theaters, contributing a great deal to global arts and literature.

Fast Food Is the Only Cuisine

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Yes, Americans are known for their love of fast food. However, that doesn’t mean that we see this as the only food choice and eat nothing else. The U.S. has a diverse selection of culinary options and enjoys foods from countries all over the world.

Americans Are Overly Patriotic

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It’s understandable that people from other countries get the sense that all Americans are overly patriotic. But on the contrary, according to The Daily Mail, in 2023, just 39% of all Americans and 18% of young Americans said they were “extremely proud” to be American.

Americans Lack Geographical Knowledge

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There are people from all countries who aren’t the best when it comes to geographical knowledge, so it’s a little unfair that all Americans have been tarred with this brush. Many American citizens are well-educated when it comes to global affairs and geography.

Everyone Lives in Big Cities

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Much of what non-Americans see in American media is related to city life, so this is probably where they get the idea that we all live in big cities. But according to the Pew Research Center, in 2018, 98 million Americans lived in urban counties, while 175 million lived in the suburbs and 46 million lived in rural areas.

Americans Work All the Time

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It’s great that the U.S. is known for having a strong work ethic, but it’s not true that all we do and care about is work. In fact, there is a growing movement in support of working less or even not working at all, emphasizing the importance of relaxation and self-care.

Everyone Is Either Extremely Liberal or Conservative

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Unfortunately, many people see the U.S. as being extremely political and divided, with its citizens being either extremely conservative or liberal. But in reality, many people don’t identify as being particularly political or tied to one party over the other.

Americans Are Always Loud and Obnoxious

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There is a widespread stereotype that all Americans are loud and obnoxious almost all of the time. However, the truth is that there are many different personality types in America, including introverts and those who prefer to keep to themselves.

All Americans Speak Only English

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It’s true that we Americans are lucky that we don’t technically need to learn another language most of the time. But that doesn’t mean that none of us speak more than one language. In fact, Share America states that in 2023, one in five Americans spoke a language other than English in their homes.

All Americans Drive Everywhere

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Some people believe that the vast majority of Americans drive everywhere and refuse to use public transportation. However, there is actually a growing culture based on biking and walking as environmental awareness increases. Many cities also offer a variety of public transportation options.

Americans Are Uninterested in World Affairs

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Americans have a bad reputation for being ignorant of and uninterested in world affairs outside of America. But in reality, a large number of Americans are very engaged with international news and politics, with many also showing their support for global initiatives and movements.

Everyone Is Obsessed with Hollywood and Celebrities

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Sure, entertainment and celebrity culture are pretty prominent in America, but that doesn’t mean that all Americans are obsessed with them. People here have a diverse range of interests and hobbies, and many couldn’t care less about the lives of celebrities.

Americans Eat Unhealthy Diets Exclusively

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Some people from other countries get the sense that all Americans exclusively eat unhealthy diets high in fat, sugar, and fast food. However, in actuality, many Americans are much more health conscious and eat plenty of fruits, veggies, and other healthy ingredients.

The U.S. Education System Is Uniformly Poor

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While the quality of education varies significantly from state to state and city to city, America is home to some of the world’s most successful educational institutions. As such, it is unfair to say that the U.S. system is lacking across the board.

Americans Are Litigious Over Everything

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Some people think that Americans love to start conflicts and lawsuits over even the most trivial matters. While we do have a rather high number of lawsuits, legal actions are often rooted in effective consumer protection frameworks and rights that encourage us to seek legal justice.

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