United States compared to India

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


make 88.3% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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India India ($6,700 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in India, the GDP per capita is $6,700.
Category: United States vs. India - GDP Per Capita

live 11.3 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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India India (68.5 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In India, the average life expectancy is 68.5 years.
Category: United States vs. India - Life Expectancy

consume 93.6% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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India India (768 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In India, that number is 768 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. India - Electricity Consumption

have 54.4% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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India India (19.3 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In India, that number is 19.3 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. India - Birth Rate

be 97.4% more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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India India (29.8% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In India, that number is 29.8% of people.
Category: United States vs. India - Poverty Line

be 7 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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India India (40.5 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 India, on the other hand, 40.5 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. India - Infant Mortality

be 78.7% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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India India (8.4% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In India, that number is 8.4% of people.
Category: United States vs. India - Unemployment

see 64.9% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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India India (7,000 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In India, that number is 7,000 km.
Category: United States vs. India - 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 India

India is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 3,287,263 sq km. The Indus Valley civilization, one of the world's oldest, flourished during the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. and extended into northwestern India. Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated the Indian subcontinent about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. - which reached its zenith under ASHOKA - united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Islam spread across the subcontinent over a period of 700 years. In the 10th and 11th centuries, Turks and Afghans invaded India and established the Delhi Sultanate. In the early 16th century, the Emperor BABUR established the Mughal Dynasty which ruled India for more than three centuries. European explorers began establishing footholds in India during the 16th century. By the 19th century, Great Britain had become the dominant political power on the subcontinent. The British Indian Army played a vital role in both World Wars. Years of nonviolent resistance to British rule, led by Mohandas GANDHI and Jawaharlal NEHRU, eventually resulted in Indian independence, which was granted in 1947. Large-scale communal violence took place before and after the subcontinent partition into two separate states - India and Pakistan. The neighboring nations have fought three wars since independence, the last of which was in 1971 and resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. India's nuclear weapons tests in 1998 emboldened Pakistan to conduct its own tests that same year. In November 2008, terrorists originating from Pakistan conducted a series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India's financial capital. Despite pressing problems such as significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and widespread corruption, economic growth following the launch of economic reforms in 1991 and a massive youthful population are driving India's emergence as a regional and global power.

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