Comparing United States to Afghanistan

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If you lived in Afghanistan instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 97.9% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Afghanistan  AFGHANISTAN ($1,100.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Afghanistan, that number is $1,100.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan GDP

LIVE 29.1 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Afghanistan  AFGHANISTAN (50.49 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 50.49.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan life expectancy

CONSUME 99.4% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Afghanistan  AFGHANISTAN (78 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Afghanistan, it is 78 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan electricity consumption

BE 83.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Afghanistan  AFGHANISTAN (0.1% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Afghanistan, that number is 0.1%.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan AIDS percentage

BE 35.3% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Afghanistan  AFGHANISTAN (64.2% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Afghanistan, 64.2% do.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan drinking water access

BE 19 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Afghanistan  AFGHANISTAN (117.23 per 1000 infants)
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That's 1800% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Afghanistan, on the other hand, there are a total of 117.23 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan infant mortality

BE 4.8 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Afghanistan  AFGHANISTAN (35% of people)
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That's 379.5% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Afghanistan 35% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan unemployment rate

HAVE 2.89 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Afghanistan  AFGHANISTAN (38.84 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 189.4% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Afghanistan, however, there are a total of 38.84 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan birth rate

BE 2.38 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Afghanistan  AFGHANISTAN (36% of people)
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That's 138.4% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Afghanistan, 36% are.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan poverty

At a Glance: Afghanistan

  • Land Area: ~652 thousand sq km (United States is ~15 times bigger than Afghanistan)
  • Population: ~32 million people (287 million more people live in United States)

How big is Afghanistan compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Afghanistan (652,230 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 652,230 sq km. Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in democracy ended in a 1973 coup and a 1978 communist counter-coup. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979 to support the tottering Afghan communist regime, touching off a long and destructive war. The USSR withdrew in 1989 under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-communist mujahedin rebels. A series of subsequent civil wars saw Kabul finally fall in 1996 to the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country's civil war and anarchy. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a US, Allied, and anti-Taliban Northern Alliance military action toppled the Taliban for sheltering Osama BIN LADIN. The UN-sponsored Bonn Conference in 2001 established a process for political reconstruction that included the adoption of a new constitution, a presidential election in 2004, and National Assembly elections in 2005. In December 2004, Hamid KARZAI became the first democratically elected president of Afghanistan and the National Assembly was inaugurated the following December. KARZAI was re-elected in August 2009 for a second term. Despite gains toward building a stable central government, a resurgent Taliban and continuing provincial instability - particularly in the south and the east - remain serious challenges for the Afghan Government.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).