Comparing United States to Eritrea

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


MAKE 97.7% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Eritrea  ERITREA ($1,200.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Eritrea, that number is $1,200.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea GDP

LIVE 16.1 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Eritrea  ERITREA (63.51 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Eritrea, the average life expectancy is 63.51.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea life expectancy

CONSUME 99.7% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Eritrea  ERITREA (40 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Eritrea, it is 40 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea electricity consumption

BE 16.7% MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Eritrea  ERITREA (0.7% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Eritrea, that number is 0.7%.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea AIDS percentage

BE 39.3% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Eritrea  ERITREA (60.2% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Eritrea, 60.2% do.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea drinking water access

BE 6.23 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Eritrea  ERITREA (38.44 per 1000 infants)
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That's 523% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Eritrea, on the other hand, there are a total of 38.44 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea infant mortality

HAVE 2.29 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Eritrea  ERITREA (30.69 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 128.7% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Eritrea, however, there are a total of 30.69 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea birth rate

BE 3.31 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Eritrea  ERITREA (50% of people)
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That's 231.1% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Eritrea, 50% are.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea poverty

SEE A 88.8% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Eritrea  ERITREA (2,234km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Eritrea has a total of 2,234 km.
Category: United States vs. Eritrea coastline

At a Glance: Eritrea

  • Land Area: ~118 thousand sq km (United States is ~84 times bigger than Eritrea)
  • Population: ~6 million people (313 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Eritrea (117,600 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Eritrea

Eritrea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 117,600 sq km. After independence from Italian colonial control in 1941 and 10 years of British administrative control, the UN established Eritrea as an autonomous region within the Ethiopian federation in 1952. Ethiopia's full annexation of Eritrea as a province 10 years later sparked a violent 30-year struggle for independence that ended in 1991 with Eritrean rebels defeating government forces. Eritreans overwhelmingly approved independence in a 1993 referendum. ISAIAS Afworki has been Eritrea's only president since independence; his rule, particularly since 2001, has been highly autocratic and repressive. His government has created a highly militarized society by pursuing an unpopular program of mandatory conscription into national service, sometimes of indefinite length. A two-and-a-half-year border war with Ethiopia that erupted in 1998 ended under UN auspices in December 2000. A UN peacekeeping operation was established that monitored a 25 km-wide Temporary Security Zone. The Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission (EEBC) created in April 2003 was tasked "to delimit and demarcate the colonial treaty border based on pertinent colonial treaties (1900, 1902, and 1908) and applicable international law." The EEBC on 30 November 2007 remotely demarcated the border, assigning the town of Badme to Eritrea, despite Ethiopia's maintaining forces there from the time of the 1998-2000 war. Eritrea insisted that the UN terminate its peacekeeping mission on 31 July 2008. Eritrea has accepted the EEBC's "virtual demarcation" decision and repeatedly called on Ethiopia to remove its troops. Ethiopia has not accepted the demarcation decision, and neither party has entered into meaningful dialogue to resolve the impasse. Eritrea is subject to several UN Security Council Resolutions (from 2009, 2011, and 2012) imposing various military and economic sanctions, in view of evidence that it has supported armed opposition groups in the region.

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