United States compared to Ireland

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make 21.1% more money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Ireland Ireland ($69,400 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Ireland, the GDP per capita is $69,400.
Category: United States vs. Ireland - GDP Per Capita

pay 21.2% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Ireland Ireland (48% 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 Ireland, the top marginal tax rate is 48%.
Category: United States vs. Ireland - Tax Rate

consume 58.2% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Ireland Ireland (5,047 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Ireland, that number is 5,047 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Ireland - Electricity Consumption

have 16% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Ireland Ireland (14.5 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 Ireland, that number is 14.5 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Ireland - Birth Rate

be 45.7% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Ireland Ireland (8.2% of people - 2013 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Ireland, that number is 8.2% of people.
Category: United States vs. Ireland - Poverty Line

be 36.2% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Ireland Ireland (3.7 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 Ireland, on the other hand, 3.7 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Ireland - Infant Mortality

be 70.2% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Ireland Ireland (8% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Ireland, that number is 8% of people.
Category: United States vs. Ireland - Unemployment

see 92.7% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Ireland Ireland (1,448 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Ireland, that number is 1,448 km.
Category: United States vs. Ireland - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and The Office of the Revenue Commissioners.


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A brief history of Ireland

Ireland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 70,273 sq km. Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600 and 150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. Norman invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. The Irish famine of the mid-19th century saw the population of the island drop by one third through starvation and emigration. For more than a century after that the population of the island continued to fall only to begin growing again in the 1960s. Over the last 50 years, Ireland's high birthrate has made it demographically one of the youngest populations in the EU. The modern Irish state traces its origins to the failed 1916 Easter Monday Uprising which touched off several years of guerrilla warfare resulting in independence from the UK in 1921 for 26 southern counties; six northern counties remained part of the UK. Unresolved issues in Northern Ireland erupted into years of violence known as the "Troubles" that began in the 1960s. The Government of Ireland was part of a process along with the UK and US Governments that helped broker what is known as The Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland in 1998. This initiated a new phase of cooperation between Irish and British governments. Ireland was neutral in World War II and continues its policy of military neutrality. Ireland joined the European Community in 1973 and the Eurozone currency union in 1999. The economic boom years of the Celtic Tiger (1995-2007) saw rapid economic growth, which came to an abrupt end in 2008 with the meltdown of the Irish banking system. Today the economy is recovering, fueled by large and growing foreign direct investment, especially from US multi-nationals.

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