Comparing United States to Haiti

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If you lived in Haiti 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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Haiti  HAITI ($1,300.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Haiti, that number is $1,300.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Haiti GDP

LIVE 16.4 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Haiti  HAITI (63.18 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Haiti, the average life expectancy is 63.18.
Category: United States vs. Haiti life expectancy

CONSUME 99.8% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Haiti  HAITI (21 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Haiti, it is 21 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Haiti electricity consumption

BE 3.5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Haiti  HAITI (2.1% of people)
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That's 250% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Haiti, that number is 2.1%.
Category: United States vs. Haiti AIDS percentage

BE 37.1% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Haiti  HAITI (62.4% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Haiti, 62.4% do.
Category: United States vs. Haiti drinking water access

BE 8.01 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Haiti  HAITI (49.43 per 1000 infants)
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That's 701.1% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Haiti, on the other hand, there are a total of 49.43 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Haiti infant mortality

BE 5.56 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Haiti  HAITI (40.6% of people)
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That's 456.2% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Haiti 40.6% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Haiti unemployment rate

HAVE 70.1% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Haiti  HAITI (22.83 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Haiti, however, there are a total of 22.83 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Haiti birth rate

BE 5.3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Haiti  HAITI (80% of people)
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That's 429.8% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Haiti, 80% are.
Category: United States vs. Haiti poverty

SEE A 91.1% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Haiti  HAITI (1,771km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Haiti has a total of 1,771 km.
Category: United States vs. Haiti coastline

At a Glance: Haiti

  • Land Area: ~28 thousand sq km (United States is ~354 times bigger than Haiti)
  • Population: ~10 million people (309 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Haiti (27,750 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Haiti

Haiti is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 27,750 sq km. The native Taino - who inhabited the island of Hispaniola when it was discovered by Christopher COLUMBUS in 1492 - were virtually annihilated by Spanish settlers within 25 years. In the early 17th century, the French established a presence on Hispaniola. In 1697, Spain ceded to the French the western third of the island, which later became Haiti. The French colony, based on forestry and sugar-related industries, became one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean but only through the heavy importation of African slaves and considerable environmental degradation. In the late 18th century, Haiti's nearly half million slaves revolted under Toussaint L'OUVERTURE. After a prolonged struggle, Haiti became the first post-colonial black-led nation in the world, declaring its independence in 1804. Currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has experienced political instability for most of its history. After an armed rebellion led to the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE in February 2004, an interim government took office to organize new elections under the auspices of the United Nations. Continued instability and technical delays prompted repeated postponements, but Haiti inaugurated a democratically elected president and parliament in May of 2006. This was followed by contested elections in 2010 that resulted in the election of Haiti's current President, Michel MARTELLY. A massive magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010 with an epicenter about 25 km (15 mi) west of the capital, Port-au-Prince. Estimates are that over 300,000 people were killed and some 1.5 million left homeless. The earthquake was assessed as the worst in this region over the last 200 years.

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