United States compared to Kenya

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


make 94.1% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Kenya Kenya ($3,400 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Kenya, the GDP per capita is $3,400.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - GDP Per Capita

pay 24.2% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Kenya Kenya (30% 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 Kenya, the top marginal tax rate is 30%.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - Tax Rate

live 15.8 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Kenya Kenya (64 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 64 years.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - Life Expectancy

consume 98.7% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Kenya Kenya (162 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Kenya, that number is 162 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - Electricity Consumption

have 2 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Kenya Kenya (25.1 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 Kenya, that number is 25.1 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - Birth Rate

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Kenya Kenya (43.4% of people - 2012 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Kenya, that number is 43.4% of people.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - Poverty Line

be 36.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Kenya Kenya (63.2% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Kenya, 63.2% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - Access to Drinking Water

be 6.6 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Kenya Kenya (38.3 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 Kenya, on the other hand, 38.3 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - Infant Mortality

be 8.5 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Kenya Kenya (40% of people - 2013 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Kenya, that number is 40% of people.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - Unemployment

see 97.3% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Kenya Kenya (536 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Kenya, that number is 536 km.
Category: United States vs. Kenya - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Revenue Authority.


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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.

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