The North American Continent is made up of 23 different countries and 9 dependent territories. Of the 23 countries that divide up the continent, Canada, and the United States comprise nearly 80% of the total land area. North America is part of the super-continent referred to as “Americas” which is split into South America and North America. The countries of North America primarily speak Spanish or English with more than half of the countries being primarily Spanish speaking countries. Of all the land area on planet Earth, North America makes up approximately 17% of the total.
Dividing Lines of North America
North America has its boundaries in the north surrounded by the Arctic Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern side. On the western and southwestern side, the Pacific ocean sets its boundaries. The Gulf of Mexico and Carribean Sea mark the Southeastern boundaries of the continent. North America has only a small area that is connected to any other continent located between the country of Panama (North America) and Columbia (South America).
List of Countries in North America
|North American Countries||Capital City||Population|
|United States of America||Washington, D.C.||324,314,000|
|Dominican Republic||Santo Domingo||10,911,819|
|El Salvador||San Salvador||6,163,000|
|Costa Rica||San José||4,832,234|
|Trinidad and Tobago||Port of Spain||1,339,002|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||Kingstown||109,088|
|Antigua and Barbuda||St. John’s||88,057|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||Basseterre||52,249|
List of Dependent Territories in North America
This list includes territories that are considered a dependent territory, area, or region. These territories generally do not have complete control over their political interests but often do have significant independence compared to the controlling countries political system. We have noted the country that each territory is linked to in parenthesis next to the name. You can learn more about dependent territories here.
|Dependent Territories||Capital City||Population|
|Puerto Rico (USA)||San Juan||3,982,364|
|United States Virgin Islands (USA)||Charlotte Amalie||110,695|
|Cayman Islands (UK)||George Town||56,458|
|Turks and Caicos Islands (UK)||Cockburn Town||33,021|
|British Virgin Islands (UK)||Road Town||23,125|
|Anguilla (UK)||The Valley||15,581|
|Montserrat (UK)||Plymouth, Brades||6,577|
The continent of North America has been less volatile over the past few hundred years as it pertains to the creation of new countries and failure of others. We don’t anticipate as many changes to this list of countries but we will be diligent in keeping the population data updated as it becomes available!