16 charts that illustrates America's global dominance

Happy Fourth of July! To celebrate America’s Independence Day, we’ve put together several charts that show why, despite all of our problems, we’re the greatest country on this planet.

Rob Wile contributed to an earlier version of this post.

America's economy is so large that the economies of individual states are big enough on their own to be comparable to major countries.

While we were hit hard by the financial crisis and the Great Recession, our economy's been getting better for years.

We have the two largest stock exchanges in the world.

The aggregate market capitalizations of the NYSE and NASDAQ are larger than the next six stock exchanges combined.

Seven of the ten largest companies in the world by market capitalisation, and all of the top five companies, are American.

America is home to over half of the 100 largest companies in the world:

Most other countries in the world view us favourably.

There are a few exceptions, of course.

We have the most Nobel Prize winners.

We also have the most Olympic gold medals.

Nine of the top ten grossing movies of all time are unambiguously American.

'Harry Potter' has a lot of British people involved so we'll give that one to the UK.

And nine of the fifteen best selling musical artists of all time are American.

We built the three biggest websites on the internet, and seven of the top ten.

Americans love building big houses, and we've been building them bigger and bigger for decades.

We're an incredibly diverse and welcoming nation. In 2014, a majority of young American children were non-white.

People come from everywhere to live here. This can be seen in the diversity of languages spoken in the US.

Looking just at New York City, there's a huge diversity of languages. Here's the most commonly spoken language in each NYC neighbourhood other than English and Spanish.

While the baby boomers are starting to retire, the US has a younger population than most other OECD nations, and we have a better demographic outlook than much of the rest of the developed world.

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