United States compared to Iraq

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


make 71.2% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Iraq Iraq ($16,500 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Iraq, the GDP per capita is $16,500.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - GDP Per Capita

pay 62.1% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Iraq Iraq (15% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Iraq, the top marginal tax rate is 15%.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - Tax Rate

live 4.9 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Iraq Iraq (74.9 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Iraq, the average life expectancy is 74.9 years.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - Life Expectancy

consume 90.9% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Iraq Iraq (1,101 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Iraq, that number is 1,101 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - Electricity Consumption

have 2.5 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Iraq Iraq (30.9 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Iraq, that number is 30.9 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - Birth Rate

be 65.6% more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Iraq Iraq (25% of people - 2008 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Iraq, that number is 25% of people.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - Poverty Line

be 12.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Iraq Iraq (86.6% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Iraq, 86.6% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - Access to Drinking Water

be 6.5 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Iraq Iraq (37.5 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 Iraq, on the other hand, 37.5 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - Infant Mortality

be 3.4 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Iraq Iraq (16% of people - 2012 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Iraq, that number is 16% of people.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - Unemployment

see 99.7% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Iraq Iraq (58 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Iraq, that number is 58 km.
Category: United States vs. Iraq - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Ministry of Finance.


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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.

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