Useful Information

# Resources for Moving to the USA

### American Money

American bills are the same size regardless of face value. The most common bills are \$1, \$5, \$10 and \$20. American coins have the following value:

• There are 100 pennies (cents) to one dollar (\$1). Pennies are small and copper colored.
• There are 20 nickels to one dollar. A nickel is silver and larger than a penny. Nickels are worth 5 cents or 5 pennies.
• There are 10 dimes to one dollar. A dime is smaller than a penny but made of silver. A dime is worth 10 cents or 10 pennies.
• There are 4 quarters to one dollar. A quarter is silver and larger than a nickel. A quarter is worth 25 cents or 25 pennies.

### Voltage

American standard voltage is between 110-115 volts. Most likely your plug-in appliances from abroad will not work in the U.S. You can purchase an adapter at a hardware store or you can purchase new equipment at reasonable prices once you arrive in America. Visit the What to Pack section for more information about household appliances.

### Temperature

America uses the Fahrenheit temperature as opposed to Celsius. Typical temperatures are:

Water Freezes: 0° Celsius or 32° Fahrenheit

Normal Body Temperature: 34° Celsius or 98.6° Fahrenheit

Water Boils: 100° Celsius or 212° Fahrenheit

### Formula for converting Fahrenheit to Celsius:

To convert a Fahrenheit temperature of 98.6 degrees into Celsius subtract 32 from the Fahrenheit temperature to get 66.6. Then multiply 66.6 by five-ninths (0.56) to get 37 degrees Celsius.

### Formula for converting Celsius to Fahrenheit:

To convert a Celsius temperature of 100 degrees into Fahrenheit, multiply the Celsius temperature by nine-fifths (1.8) to get 180. Then add 32 to 180 to get 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

### Weights and Measures

America uses a measurement system called the U.S. customary system, which consists of the following:

### Distance

• 1 inch is about 2.5 centimeters
• There are 12 inches in one foot
• There are 3 feet in one yard
• There are 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet in one mile

### Volume (Liquid)

• 1 ounce is about 29.57 milliliters
• There are 8 ounces in a cup
• There are 2 cups in a pint
• There are 4 quarts in a gallon
• There are 4 quarts in a gallon

### Weight

• 1 ounce is about 28.35 grams
• There are 16 ounces in one pound
• There are 2,000 pounds in one ton    