John Keegan once wrote: "Left to themselves, Americans build, cultivate, bridge, dam, canalise, invent, teach, manufacture, think, write, lock themselves in struggle with the eternal challenges that man has chosen to confront, and with an intensity not known elsewhere on the globe. . . and think of work as an end in itself."
Simply put Americans continue to use the english system of measurments with the metric system trailing along for specfic needs: talking to our allies, in science, for trade, etc. because it works and works well for us. Once it stops working then we will switch, but not before.