United States compared to Canada

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


make 19.4% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Canada Canada ($46,200 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Canada, the GDP per capita is $46,200.
Category: United States vs. Canada - GDP Per Capita

live 2.1 years longer


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Canada Canada (81.9 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Canada, the average life expectancy is 81.9 years.
Category: United States vs. Canada - Life Expectancy

consume 23.6% more electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Canada Canada (14,930 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Canada, that number is 14,930 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Canada - Electricity Consumption

have 17.6% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Canada Canada (10.3 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Canada, that number is 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Canada - Birth Rate

be 37.7% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Canada Canada (9.4% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Canada, that number is 9.4% of people.
Category: United States vs. Canada - Poverty Line

be 20.7% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Canada Canada (4.6 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 Canada, on the other hand, 4.6 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Canada - Infant Mortality

be 51.1% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Canada Canada (7.1% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Canada, that number is 7.1% of people.
Category: United States vs. Canada - Unemployment

see 10.1 times more coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Canada Canada (202,080 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Canada, that number is 202,080 km.
Category: United States vs. Canada - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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A brief history of Canada

Canada is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,984,670 sq km. A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

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