Just a random difference I (an American) noticed while living in London -- Londoners seemed to call my country 'the States'. Everyone I worked closely with (all born & bred Londoners, plus one from Surrey) referred to it as 'the States'. Then I heard some Sheffield-area English people call it 'America'. I don't recall what any Scots I ran across called it, probably the States as well. One Welsh man I met (very nice to walk me to my destination when I was lost) referred to it as 'the States'. When I jumped across the way to Ireland, they all (north to south) referred to it as 'America' (and in such a pleasant way, as if they liked it a whole lot). Most Canadians I've met say 'the States'. I'm not sure about our southern neighbors.
So here is my question to you: Where are you from (specifically, what part of your country) and what do you call that big country placed between Canada and Mexico?
I am from Colorado, and maybe it is just a western state thing, but I've always called it 'the U.S.'