Comparing United States to Iraq

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


MAKE 86.6% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Iraq  IRAQ ($7,100.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Iraq, that number is $7,100.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Iraq GDP

LIVE 8.1 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Iraq  IRAQ (71.42 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Iraq, the average life expectancy is 71.42.
Category: United States vs. Iraq life expectancy

CONSUME 86.5% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Iraq  IRAQ (1,639 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Iraq, it is 1,639 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Iraq electricity consumption

BE 13.9% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Iraq  IRAQ (85.4% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Iraq, 85.4% do.
Category: United States vs. Iraq drinking water access

BE 6.08 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Iraq  IRAQ (37.53 per 1000 infants)
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That's 508.3% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Iraq, on the other hand, there are a total of 37.53 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Iraq infant mortality

BE 2.19 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


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

HAVE 2 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Iraq  IRAQ (26.85 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 100.1% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Iraq, however, there are a total of 26.85 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Iraq birth rate

BE 65.6% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Iraq  IRAQ (25% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Iraq, 25% are.
Category: United States vs. Iraq poverty

SEE A 99.7% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Iraq  IRAQ (58km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Iraq has a total of 58 km.
Category: United States vs. Iraq coastline

At a Glance: Iraq

  • Land Area: ~438 thousand sq km (United States is ~22 times bigger than Iraq)
  • Population: ~33 million people (286 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Iraq (438,317 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Iraq

Iraq is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 438,317 sq km. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was SADDAM Husayn. Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88). In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. US forces remained in Iraq under a UNSC mandate through 2009 and under a bilateral security agreement thereafter, helping to provide security and to train and mentor Iraqi security forces. In October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution in a national referendum and, pursuant to this document, elected a 275-member Council of Representatives (COR) in December 2005. The COR approved most cabinet ministers in May 2006, marking the transition to Iraq's first constitutional government in nearly a half century. In January 2009 and April 2013, Iraq held elections for provincial councils in all governorates except for the three governorates comprising the Kurdistan Regional Government and Kirkuk Governorate. Iraq held a national legislative election in March 2010 - choosing 325 legislators in an expanded COR - and, after nine months of deadlock the COR approved the new government in December 2010. Nearly nine years after the start of the Second Gulf War in Iraq, US military operations there ended in mid-December 2011.

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