Comparing United States to Cuba

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MAKE 80.7% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Cuba  CUBA ($10,200.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Cuba, that number is $10,200.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Cuba GDP

LIVE 1.3 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Cuba  CUBA (78.22 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Cuba, the average life expectancy is 78.22.
Category: United States vs. Cuba life expectancy

CONSUME 89.9% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Cuba  CUBA (1,235 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Cuba, it is 1,235 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Cuba electricity consumption

BE 83.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Cuba  CUBA (0.1% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Cuba, that number is 0.1%.
Category: United States vs. Cuba AIDS percentage

BE 23.8% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Cuba  CUBA (4.70 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 Cuba, on the other hand, there are a total of 4.70 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Cuba infant mortality

BE 41.1% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Cuba  CUBA (4.3% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Cuba 4.3% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Cuba unemployment rate

HAVE 26.2% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Cuba  CUBA (9.90 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Cuba, however, there are a total of 9.90 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Cuba birth rate

SEE A 81.3% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Cuba  CUBA (3,735km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Cuba has a total of 3,735 km.
Category: United States vs. Cuba coastline

At a Glance: Cuba

  • Land Area: ~111 thousand sq km (United States is ~89 times bigger than Cuba)
  • Population: ~11 million people (308 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Cuba, "Cheers!" = "Salud!"

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Cuba (110,860 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Cuba

Tipping:
  • Generally, tip around 10-15%
  • Round up taxi fares
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DON'T turn down an invitation to dinner (this is considered impolite)
  • DON'T discuss politics with people you do not know
Table Manners:
  • Place your cutlery on the right side of your plate to signify you are finished
  • Do not begin eating until host has started
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when meeting someone new
Learn more about etiquette

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.

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