United States compared to Afghanistan

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If you moved to Afghanistan from United States, you would..


make 96.5% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Afghanistan Afghanistan ($2,000 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Afghanistan, the GDP per capita is $2,000.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan - GDP Per Capita

pay 49.5% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Afghanistan Afghanistan (20% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Afghanistan, the top marginal tax rate is 20%.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan - Tax Rate

live 28.5 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Afghanistan Afghanistan (51.3 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 51.3 years.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan - Life Expectancy

consume 98.8% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Afghanistan Afghanistan (141 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Afghanistan, that number is 141 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan - Electricity Consumption

have 3.1 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Afghanistan Afghanistan (38.3 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Afghanistan, that number is 38.3 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan - Birth Rate

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Afghanistan Afghanistan (35.8% of people - 2011 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Afghanistan, that number is 35.8% of people.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan - Poverty Line

be 44.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Afghanistan Afghanistan (55.3% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Afghanistan, 55.3% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan - Access to Drinking Water

be 19.4 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Afghanistan Afghanistan (112.8 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Afghanistan, on the other hand, 112.8 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan - Infant Mortality

be 7.4 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Afghanistan Afghanistan (35% of people - 2008 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Afghanistan, that number is 35% of people.
Category: United States vs. Afghanistan - Unemployment

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Afghanistan Revenue Department.


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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.

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