Comparing United States to Botswana

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


MAKE 68.9% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Botswana  BOTSWANA ($16,400.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Botswana, that number is $16,400.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Botswana GDP

LIVE 25.5 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Botswana  BOTSWANA (54.06 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Botswana, the average life expectancy is 54.06.
Category: United States vs. Botswana life expectancy

CONSUME 88.1% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Botswana  BOTSWANA (1,446 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Botswana, it is 1,446 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Botswana electricity consumption

BE 38.3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Botswana  BOTSWANA (23% of people)
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That's 3733.3% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Botswana, that number is 23%.
Category: United States vs. Botswana AIDS percentage

BE 52% MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Botswana  BOTSWANA (9.38 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 Botswana, on the other hand, there are a total of 9.38 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Botswana infant mortality

BE 2.44 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Botswana  BOTSWANA (17.8% of people)
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That's 143.8% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Botswana 17.8% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Botswana unemployment rate

HAVE 59% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Botswana  BOTSWANA (21.34 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Botswana, however, there are a total of 21.34 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Botswana birth rate

BE 2.01 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Botswana  BOTSWANA (30.3% of people)
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That's 100.7% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Botswana, 30.3% are.
Category: United States vs. Botswana poverty

At a Glance: Botswana

  • Land Area: ~582 thousand sq km (United States is ~17 times bigger than Botswana)
  • Population: ~2 million people (317 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Botswana (581,730 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Botswana

Botswana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 581,730 sq km. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

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