United States compared to Australia

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make 14.8% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Australia Australia ($48,800 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $48,800.
Category: United States vs. Australia - GDP Per Capita

pay 13.6% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Australia Australia (45% 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 Australia, the top marginal tax rate is 45%.
Category: United States vs. Australia - Tax Rate

live 2.4 years longer


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Australia Australia (82.2 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Australia, the average life expectancy is 82.2 years.
Category: United States vs. Australia - Life Expectancy

consume 19.3% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Australia Australia (9,742 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Australia, that number is 9,742 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Australia - Electricity Consumption

be 25.9% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Australia Australia (4.3 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 Australia, on the other hand, 4.3 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Australia - Infant Mortality

be 23.4% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Australia Australia (5.8% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Australia, that number is 5.8% of people.
Category: United States vs. Australia - Unemployment

see 29.3% more coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Australia Australia (25,760 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Australia, that number is 25,760 km.
Category: United States vs. Australia - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Australian Taxation Office.


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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.

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