Comparing United States to Ireland

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MAKE 21.8% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Ireland  IRELAND ($41,300.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Ireland, that number is $41,300.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Ireland GDP

LIVE 1 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Ireland  IRELAND (80.56 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 80.56.
Category: United States vs. Ireland life expectancy

CONSUME 55.7% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Ireland  IRELAND (5,401 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Ireland, it is 5,401 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Ireland electricity consumption

BE 66.7% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


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

BE 39.4% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Ireland  IRELAND (3.74 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Ireland, on the other hand, there are a total of 3.74 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Ireland infant mortality

BE 84.9% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Ireland  IRELAND (13.5% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Ireland 13.5% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Ireland unemployment rate

HAVE 13.1% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Ireland  IRELAND (15.18 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Ireland, however, there are a total of 15.18 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Ireland birth rate

BE 63.6% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Ireland  IRELAND (5.5% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Ireland, 5.5% are.
Category: United States vs. Ireland poverty

SEE A 92.7% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Ireland  IRELAND (1,448km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Ireland has a total of 1,448 km.
Category: United States vs. Ireland coastline

At a Glance: Ireland

  • Land Area: ~70 thousand sq km (United States is ~140 times bigger than Ireland)
  • Population: ~5 million people (314 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Ireland (70,273 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


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.

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