2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey of Geographic LiteracyPresented byMy Wonderful WorldNational Geographic Education FoundationPhoto: a young girl looking at a globe
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How much do you know about the world?

Can you name the world's most spoken primary language? The largest consumer of oil? The most heavily fortified border on the planet? The current population of the U.S.?

We tested the geography knowledge of 18- to 24-year-olds across the U.S. to see how much they know about our world. How did they do? More know where the TV show CSI is set than can find Iraq on a map. The survey shows that too many young Americans have a limited understanding of the world.

Why Is It Important?

Geographic literacy is more than knowing state capitals. It's understanding how people and places interact, where things come from, and where we're going. Without geography, our young people are unprepared for an increasingly global future.

That's why we've launched My Wonderful World, a campaign to increase geographic learning in school, at home, and in the community. Get Action Kits, tips and ideas for exploring your world, ways to test your Global IQ, and more.

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