Comparing United States to Ethiopia

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


MAKE 97.5% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Ethiopia  ETHIOPIA ($1,300.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Ethiopia, that number is $1,300.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Ethiopia GDP

LIVE 18.8 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Ethiopia  ETHIOPIA (60.75 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Ethiopia, the average life expectancy is 60.75.
Category: United States vs. Ethiopia life expectancy

CONSUME 99.6% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Ethiopia  ETHIOPIA (46 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Ethiopia, it is 46 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Ethiopia electricity consumption

BE 2.2 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Ethiopia  ETHIOPIA (1.3% of people)
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That's 116.7% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Ethiopia, that number is 1.3%.
Category: United States vs. Ethiopia AIDS percentage

BE 48.1% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Ethiopia  ETHIOPIA (51.5% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Ethiopia, 51.5% do.
Category: United States vs. Ethiopia drinking water access

BE 9.04 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Ethiopia  ETHIOPIA (55.77 per 1000 infants)
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That's 803.9% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Ethiopia, on the other hand, there are a total of 55.77 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Ethiopia infant mortality

BE 2.4 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Ethiopia  ETHIOPIA (17.5% of people)
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That's 139.7% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Ethiopia 17.5% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Ethiopia unemployment rate

HAVE 2.81 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Ethiopia  ETHIOPIA (37.66 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 180.6% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Ethiopia, however, there are a total of 37.66 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Ethiopia birth rate

BE 2.58 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Ethiopia  ETHIOPIA (39% of people)
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That's 158.3% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Ethiopia, 39% are.
Category: United States vs. Ethiopia poverty

At a Glance: Ethiopia

  • Land Area: ~1 million sq km (United States is ~9 times bigger than Ethiopia)
  • Population: ~97 million people (222 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Ethiopia (1,104,300 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,104,300 sq km. Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of a short-lived Italian occupation from 1936-41. In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. In November 2007, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) issued specific coordinates as virtually demarcating the border and pronounced its work finished. Alleging that the EEBC acted beyond its mandate in issuing the coordinates, Ethiopia has not accepted them and has not withdrawn troops from previously contested areas pronounced by the EEBC as belonging to Eritrea. In August 2012, longtime leader Prime Minister MELES Zenawi died in office and was replaced by his Deputy Prime Minister HAILEMARIAM Desalegn, marking the first peaceful transition of power in decades.

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