North America is a continent in the Earth's northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. It is bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the southeast by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by the North Pacific Ocean; South America lies to the southeast, connected to North America by the Isthmus of Panama. It covers an area of about 24,490,000 square kilometres (9,450,000 sq mi), about 4.8 percent of the planet's surface or about 16.4% of its land area.
As of October 2006, its population was estimated at over 514,600,000. It is the third-largest continent in area, following Asia and Africa, and is fourth in population after Asia, Africa, and Europe. North and South America are collectivelly known as the Americas.
The United States of America (USA) dominates this part of the world, although Canada has its own special attractions. These countries which straddle eight time zones are as vast and varied as the cultures and peoples that make up the populations. Names like New York, Washington, San Fransciso and Torronto are world renowned and are hot spots for peoples of the world to visit and live. With wide open spaces, modern cities and state of the art technologies this area is a world leader in all senses. A No.1 destination in all areas.
The economies are the often strongest around the vast raw materials burried in the northern territories make this a force to be reckond with on the world trading arena. The United States is a mix of a multitude of cultures and diverse races, especially as most of the population has origins in immigrants to the country hundreds of years ago. German, Irish, English, Dutch, Scottish and West African settlers have mixed with Mexican, Latino, American Indian and Asian to create a very unique home.