Comparing United States to Colombia

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If you moved to Colombia from the United States, you would:


MAKE 79% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Colombia  COLOMBIA ($11,100.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Colombia, that number is $11,100.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Colombia GDP

LIVE 4.3 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Colombia  COLOMBIA (75.25 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Colombia, the average life expectancy is 75.25.
Category: United States vs. Colombia life expectancy

CONSUME 92% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Colombia  COLOMBIA (981 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Colombia, it is 981 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Colombia electricity consumption

BE 16.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Colombia  COLOMBIA (0.5% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Colombia, that number is 0.5%.
Category: United States vs. Colombia AIDS percentage

BE 2.43 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Colombia  COLOMBIA (15.02 per 1000 infants)
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That's 143.4% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Colombia, on the other hand, there are a total of 15.02 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Colombia infant mortality

BE 32.9% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Colombia  COLOMBIA (9.7% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Colombia 9.7% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Colombia unemployment rate

HAVE 24.7% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Colombia  COLOMBIA (16.73 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Colombia, however, there are a total of 16.73 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Colombia birth rate

BE 2.17 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Colombia  COLOMBIA (32.7% of people)
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That's 116.6% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Colombia, 32.7% are.
Category: United States vs. Colombia poverty

SEE A 83.9% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Colombia  COLOMBIA (3,208km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Colombia has a total of 3,208 km.
Category: United States vs. Colombia coastline

At a Glance: Colombia

  • Land Area: ~1 million sq km (United States is ~9 times bigger than Colombia)
  • Population: ~46 million people (273 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Colombia (1,138,910 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Colombia

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,138,910 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

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