American Culture

Do's and Don'ts

Do’s
  • It is okay to be open and proud about your success in America as Americans like to focus on accomplishments and other positive things. This can sometimes make Australians bashful or uncomfortable, but it is simply a way to encourage one another and is also a part of sharing your life with others.
  • If giving advice or criticism, be sure to emphasise one’s good points before and after doing so.
  • If looking to help someone, try to do so in a way that gives them the opportunity to help themselves. Charity that is done indirectly or circuitously can imply that the person is a burden on others.

Do not’s
  • Avoid mentioning divisive topics such as gun control, the death penalty, abortion, civil rights, etc. These conversations have rarely reached a resolve in the public sphere of debate and can quickly become heated discussion. Similarly, talking about religion can also be sensitive if you do not know everyone’s stance on faith. Some Australians can underestimate the place faith has in people’s private lives.
  • According to a recent Gallup poll, 9 out of 10 Americans are proud of their country. Therefore, do not make fun of the United States. Many Americans would consider themselves patriots, so mocking their country would very likely offend them.
  • Never make racial slurs. Race relations in America are taken extremely seriously. See ‘Considerations’ on what is appropriate.
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The United States
  • Population
    323,995,528
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    English (79%)
    Spanish (13%)
    Other Indo-European languages (3.7%)
    Asian and Pacific Island languages (3.4%)
    Other (1%)
    [2015 est.]
    Note: Data represent the language spoken at home.
  • Religions
    Protestant Christianity (46.5%)
    Catholic Christianity (20.8%)
    No Religion (22.8%)
    Mormon (1.6%)
    Judaism (1.9%)
    Christianity [ndf] (1.7%)
    Other (4.7%)
    [2014 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    White (72.4%)
    Black or African American (12.6%)
    Asian (4.8%)
    Native American or Alaskan Native (0.9%)
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (0.2%)
    Latino or Hispanic (16.3%)
    [2010 est.]
    Note: The category of "Hispanic or Latino" is considered by the U.S. Census Bureau to be separate from racial categories as people of this origin may be of any race or ethnic group (white, black, Asian, etc.).
  • Cultural Dimensions
    40
    91
    62
    46
    26
    68
  • Australians with American Ancestry
    66,556 [2016 census]
Americans in Australia
  • Population
    86,125
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in the United States.
  • Average Age
    38
  • Gender
    Male (49.6%)
    Female (50.4%)
  • Religion
    No Religion (32%)
    Catholic Christianity (19.3%)
    Anglican Christianity (7%)
    Other (36.3%)
  • Ancestry
    American (23.4%)
    English (16.1%)
    Irish (9.8%)
    German (9.3%)
    Other (41.4%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (91.5%)
    Spanish (1.2%)
    Mandarin (0.6%)
    Arabic (0.5%)
    Other (6.1%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 94.9% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (34.5%)
    Western Australia (21.9%)
    Queensland (20.5%)
    Western Australia (11.5%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (50.8%)
    2001-2006 (18.1%)
    2007-2011 (27%)
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