Comparing United States to Benin

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


MAKE 97% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Benin  BENIN ($1,600.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Benin, that number is $1,600.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Benin GDP

LIVE 18.5 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Benin  BENIN (61.07 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Benin, the average life expectancy is 61.07.
Category: United States vs. Benin life expectancy

CONSUME 99.3% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Benin  BENIN (86 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Benin, it is 86 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Benin electricity consumption

BE 83.3% MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Benin  BENIN (1.1% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Benin, that number is 1.1%.
Category: United States vs. Benin AIDS percentage

BE 23.3% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Benin  BENIN (76.1% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Benin, 76.1% do.
Category: United States vs. Benin drinking water access

BE 9.25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Benin  BENIN (57.09 per 1000 infants)
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That's 825.3% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Benin, on the other hand, there are a total of 57.09 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Benin infant mortality

HAVE 2.72 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Benin  BENIN (36.51 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 172.1% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Benin, however, there are a total of 36.51 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Benin birth rate

BE 2.48 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Benin  BENIN (37.4% of people)
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That's 147.7% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Benin, 37.4% are.
Category: United States vs. Benin poverty

SEE A 99.4% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Benin  BENIN (121km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Benin has a total of 121 km.
Category: United States vs. Benin coastline

At a Glance: Benin

  • Land Area: ~113 thousand sq km (United States is ~87 times bigger than Benin)
  • Population: ~10 million people (309 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Benin (112,622 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Benin

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 112,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

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