Comparing United States to India

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MAKE 92.4% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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India  INDIA ($4,000.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in India, that number is $4,000.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. India GDP

LIVE 11.8 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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India  INDIA (67.80 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In India, the average life expectancy is 67.80.
Category: United States vs. India life expectancy

CONSUME 95.4% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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India  INDIA (565 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In India, it is 565 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. India electricity consumption

BE 50% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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India  INDIA (0.3% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In India, that number is 0.3%.
Category: United States vs. India AIDS percentage

BE 7 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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India  INDIA (43.19 per 1000 infants)
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That's 600% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In India, on the other hand, there are a total of 43.19 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. India infant mortality

BE 20.5% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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India  INDIA (8.8% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in India 8.8% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. India unemployment rate

HAVE 48.2% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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India  INDIA (19.89 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In India, however, there are a total of 19.89 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. India birth rate

BE 97.4% MORE LIKELY TO BE 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, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In India, 29.8% are.
Category: United States vs. India poverty

SEE A 64.9% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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India  INDIA (7,000km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while India has a total of 7,000 km.
Category: United States vs. India coastline

At a Glance: India

  • Land Area: ~3 million sq km (United States is ~3 times bigger than India)
  • Population: ~1 billion people (917 million fewer people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of India (3,287,263 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in India

Tipping:
  • Tip anywhere between 5-10% if you received great service
  • Most of the time, tipping is not necessary
  • Tip taxi drivers around 10%
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO be aware that Hindus do not eat beef
  • DO be aware that Muslims do not drink alcohol or eat pork
  • DON'T sit down until instructed
Table Manners:
  • Eat with your hands. Silverware is not used very often
  • Use your right hand while eating food (not your left)
Greetings:
  • Say "Namaste" when greeting someone
  • Always greet the eldest person first
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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.

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