Comparing United States to Iran

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If you moved to Iran from the United States, you would:


MAKE 75.8% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Iran  IRAN ($12,800.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Iran, that number is $12,800.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Iran GDP

LIVE 8.7 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Iran  IRAN (70.89 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Iran, the average life expectancy is 70.89.
Category: United States vs. Iran life expectancy

CONSUME 79.7% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Iran  IRAN (2,472 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Iran, it is 2,472 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Iran electricity consumption

BE 66.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Iran  IRAN (0.2% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Iran, that number is 0.2%.
Category: United States vs. Iran AIDS percentage

BE 6.32 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Iran  IRAN (39.00 per 1000 infants)
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That's 532.1% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Iran, on the other hand, there are a total of 39.00 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Iran infant mortality

BE 2.19 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Iran  IRAN (16% of people)
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That's 119.2% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Iran 16% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Iran unemployment rate

HAVE 35.8% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Iran  IRAN (18.23 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Iran, however, there are a total of 18.23 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Iran birth rate

BE 23.8% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Iran  IRAN (18.7% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Iran, 18.7% are.
Category: United States vs. Iran poverty

At a Glance: Iran

  • Land Area: ~2 million sq km (United States is ~6 times bigger than Iran)
  • Population: ~81 million people (238 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Iran (1,648,195 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Iran

Iran is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 1,648,195 sq km. Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and Shah Mohammad Reza PAHLAVI was forced into exile. Conservative clerical forces led by Ayatollah Ruhollah KHOMEINI established a theocratic system of government with ultimate political authority vested in a learned religious scholar referred to commonly as the Supreme Leader who, according to the constitution, is accountable only to the Assembly of Experts - a popularly elected 86-member body of clerics. US-Iranian relations became strained when a group of Iranian students seized the US Embassy in Tehran in November 1979 and held embassy personnel hostages until mid-January 1981. The US cut off diplomatic relations with Iran in April 1980. During the period 1980-88, Iran fought a bloody, indecisive war with Iraq that eventually expanded into the Persian Gulf and led to clashes between US Navy and Iranian military forces. Iran has been designated a state sponsor of terrorism for its activities in Lebanon and elsewhere in the world and remains subject to US, UN, and EU economic sanctions and export controls because of its continued involvement in terrorism and concerns over possible military dimensions of its nuclear program. Following the election of reformer Hojjat ol-Eslam Mohammad KHATAMI as president in 1997 and a reformist Majles (legislature) in 2000, a campaign to foster political reform in response to popular dissatisfaction was initiated. The movement floundered as conservative politicians, supported by the Supreme Leader, unelected institutions of authority like the Council of Guardians, and the security services reversed and blocked reform measures while increasing security repression. Starting with nationwide municipal elections in 2003 and continuing through Majles elections in 2004, conservatives reestablished control over Iran's elected government institutions, which culminated with the August 2005 inauguration of hardliner Mahmud AHMADI-NEJAD as president. His controversial reelection in June 2009 sparked nationwide protests over allegations of electoral fraud. These protests were quickly suppressed, and the political opposition that arouse as a consequence of AHMADI-NEJAD's election was repressed. Deteriorating economic conditions due primarily to government mismanagement and international sanctions prompted at least two major economically based protests in July and October 2012, but Iran's internal security situation remained stable. President AHMADI-NEJAD's independent streak angered regime establishment figures, including the Supreme Leader, leading to conservative opposition to his agenda for the last year of his presidency, and an alienation of his political supporters. In June 2013 Iranians elected a moderate conservative cleric, Dr. Hasan Fereidun RUHANI to the presidency. He is a long-time senior member in the regime, but has made promises of reforming society and Iran's foreign policy. The UN Security Council has passed a number of resolutions calling for Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities and comply with its IAEA obligations and responsibilities, but in November 2013 the five permanent members, plus Germany, (P5+1) signed a joint plan with Iran to provide the country with incremental relief from international pressure for positive steps toward transparency of their nuclear program.

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