metric, imperial, USA, UK <-question regarding.

I may be about to show my utter ignorance here but I don’t care. I am quite happy for people to think I am stupid in certain contexts. Anyway…

Is it true that the English (or ‘imperial’) system of measurement is more commonly used in the USA than it is in England?

I [an englishman] was brought up to understand the metric system (with one exception - I prefer to think in miles than kilometres) and I do, far more than the imperial system. I find it difficult to understand imperial measurements, and only know my height in feet (6’1) because I had to. I understand it in centimetres (185cm)

I ask because if it is true then it is interesting for it’s irony.