United States compared to Cuba

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


make 79.8% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Cuba Cuba ($11,600 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Cuba, the GDP per capita is $11,600.
Category: United States vs. Cuba - GDP Per Capita

consume 88.9% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Cuba Cuba (1,341 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Cuba, that number is 1,341 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Cuba - Electricity Consumption

have 13.6% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Cuba Cuba (10.8 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Cuba, that number is 10.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Cuba - Birth Rate

be 22.4% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Cuba Cuba (4.5 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 Cuba, on the other hand, 4.5 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Cuba - Infant Mortality

be 46.8% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Cuba Cuba (2.5% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Cuba, that number is 2.5% of people.
Category: United States vs. Cuba - Unemployment

see 81.3% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Cuba Cuba (3,735 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Cuba, that number is 3,735 km.
Category: United States vs. Cuba - 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 Cuba

Cuba is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 110,860 sq km. The native Amerindian population of Cuba began to decline after the European discovery of the island by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 and following its development as a Spanish colony during the next several centuries. Large numbers of African slaves were imported to work the coffee and sugar plantations, and Havana became the launching point for the annual treasure fleets bound for Spain from Mexico and Peru. Spanish rule eventually provoked an independence movement and occasional rebellions that were harshly suppressed. US intervention during the Spanish-American War in 1898 assisted the Cubans in overthrowing Spanish rule. Subsequently, the 1901 Platt Amendment to the Cuban constitution authorized the US to intevene in Cuba in the event of instability. The Treaty of Paris established Cuban independence from the US in 1902 after which the island experienced a string of governments mostly dominated by the military and corrupt politicians. Fidel CASTRO led a rebel army to victory in 1959; his iron rule held the subsequent regime together for nearly five decades. He stepped down as president in February 2008 in favor of his younger brother Raul CASTRO. Cuba's communist revolution, with Soviet support, was exported throughout Latin America and Africa during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The country faced a severe economic downturn in 1990 following the withdrawal of former Soviet subsidies worth $4-6 billion annually. Cuba at times portrays the US embargo, in place since 1961, as the source if its difficulties. Illicit migration to the US - using homemade rafts, alien smugglers, air flights, or via the US's southwest border - is a continuing problem. The US Coast Guard interdicted 1,357 Cuban nationals attempting to cross the Straits of Florida in 2013. Also in 2013, 14,251 Cuban migrants presented themselves at various land border ports of entry through out the US.

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