Comparing United States to Australia

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MAKE 18.6% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Australia  AUSTRALIA ($43,000.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Australia, that number is $43,000.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Australia GDP

LIVE 2.5 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Australia  AUSTRALIA (82.07 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Australia, the average life expectancy is 82.07.
Category: United States vs. Australia life expectancy

CONSUME 22.2% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Australia  AUSTRALIA (9,486 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Australia, it is 9,486 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Australia electricity consumption

BE 83.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


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

BE 28.2% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Australia  AUSTRALIA (4.43 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Australia, on the other hand, there are a total of 4.43 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Australia infant mortality

BE 21.9% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Australia  AUSTRALIA (5.7% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Australia 5.7% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Australia unemployment rate

HAVE 9.2% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Australia  AUSTRALIA (12.19 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Australia, however, there are a total of 12.19 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Australia birth rate

SEE A 29.3% INCREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Australia  AUSTRALIA (25,760km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Australia has a total of 25,760 km.
Category: United States vs. Australia coastline

At a Glance: Australia

  • Land Area: United States is around the same size as Australia
  • Population: ~23 million people (296 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Australia (7,741,220 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Australia

Tipping:
  • Gratuity is generally not expected
  • If you received great service, tip around 10-15%
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO wear casual clothing often
  • DO NOT be late to a function you have been invited to
Table Manners:
  • Do not place elbows on the table while eating
  • Place your knife and fork next to each other to indicate you have finished eating
Greetings:
  • Expect to be addressed by your first name
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A brief history of Australia

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,741,220 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

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