Americans clueless about national landmarks: 20% think Niagara Falls is in Iceland

Americans clueless about national landmarks: 20% think Niagara Falls is in Iceland
Niagara Falls (Image: NeilMorrell / Pixabay)

[Ed. – Yet 80% can probably tell you whether Stephen Colbert wears boxers or tighty whities.]

From believing the Grand Canyon is in Colorado to thinking Niagara Falls is in Iceland, some Americans are a little confused about their national geography. However, as a new survey of 2,000 respondents reveals, they’re also much more confident in their skills than they probably should be.

Although 64 percent think they feel knowledgeable about the locations of these natural landmarks, only half the poll (51%) correctly identified that the Redwood Forest is located in California. Another 35 percent correctly said that Shawnee National Forest is in Illinois, but 18 percent incorrectly selected Ireland.

Fewer than four in 10 (38%) know that the Grand Canyon is in Arizona, with Colorado being the most common incorrect answer (19%). Another 22 percent believe Niagara Falls is in Iceland, not on the New York/Canadian border — which only 32 percent answered correctly!

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