Comparing United States to Kenya

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


MAKE 96.6% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Kenya  KENYA ($1,800.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Kenya, that number is $1,800.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Kenya GDP

LIVE 16 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Kenya  KENYA (63.52 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 63.52.
Category: United States vs. Kenya life expectancy

CONSUME 98.9% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Kenya  KENYA (137 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Kenya, it is 137 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Kenya electricity consumption

BE 10.2 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Kenya  KENYA (6.1% of people)
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That's 916.7% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Kenya, that number is 6.1%.
Category: United States vs. Kenya AIDS percentage

BE 37.8% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Kenya  KENYA (61.7% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Kenya, 61.7% do.
Category: United States vs. Kenya drinking water access

BE 6.6 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Kenya  KENYA (40.71 per 1000 infants)
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That's 559.8% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Kenya, on the other hand, there are a total of 40.71 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Kenya infant mortality

BE 5.48 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Kenya  KENYA (40% of people)
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That's 447.9% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Kenya 40% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Kenya unemployment rate

HAVE 2.11 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Kenya  KENYA (28.27 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 110.7% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Kenya, however, there are a total of 28.27 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Kenya birth rate

BE 2.87 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Kenya  KENYA (43.4% of people)
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That's 187.4% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Kenya, 43.4% are.
Category: United States vs. Kenya poverty

SEE A 97.3% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Kenya  KENYA (536km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Kenya has a total of 536 km.
Category: United States vs. Kenya coastline

At a Glance: Kenya

  • Land Area: ~580 thousand sq km (United States is ~17 times bigger than Kenya)
  • Population: ~45 million people (274 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In Kenya, "Cheers!" = "Jambo!"

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Kenya (580,367 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in Kenya

Tipping:
  • Bar staff should be tipped around 20 Kenyan shillings per drink
  • Tip waiters and taxi drivers as well
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO dress modestly if you are a woman
  • DO NOT give a gift or receive one with your left hand
Table Manners:
  • Never use your left hand when dining
  • Allow the oldest male to begin eating first
Greetings:
  • Greet new people with a handshake
  • Say "Jambo?" when greeting a new person. This means "how are you"
Learn more about etiquette

A brief history of Kenya

Kenya is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 580,367 sq km. Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when President Daniel MOI took power in a constitutional succession. The country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982 when the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) made itself the sole legal party in Kenya. MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for political liberalization in late 1991. The ethnically fractured opposition failed to dislodge KANU from power in elections in 1992 and 1997, which were marred by violence and fraud, but were viewed as having generally reflected the will of the Kenyan people. President MOI stepped down in December 2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai KIBAKI, running as the candidate of the multiethnic, united opposition group, the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), defeated KANU candidate Uhuru KENYATTA and assumed the presidency following a campaign centered on an anticorruption platform. KIBAKI's NARC coalition splintered in 2005 over a constitutional review process. Government defectors joined with KANU to form a new opposition coalition, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), which defeated the government's draft constitution in a popular referendum in November 2005. KIBAKI's reelection in December 2007 brought charges of vote rigging from ODM candidate Raila ODINGA and unleashed two months of violence in which as many as 1,500 people died. African Union-sponsored mediation led by former UN Secretary General Kofi ANNAN in late February 2008 resulted in a power-sharing accord bringing ODINGA into the government in the restored position of prime minister. The power sharing accord included a broad reform agenda, the centerpiece of which was constitutional reform. In August 2010, Kenyans overwhelmingly adopted a new constitution in a national referendum. The new constitution introduced additional checks and balances to executive power and significant devolution of power and resources to 47 newly created counties. It also eliminated the position of prime minister following the first presidential election under the new constitution, which occurred on 4 March 2013. Uhuru KENYATTA, the son of founding president Jomo KENYATTA, won the March elections in the first round by a close margin and was sworn into office on 9 April 2013.

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