United States compared to Laos

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


make 90.1% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Laos Laos ($5,700 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $5,700.
Category: United States vs. Laos - GDP Per Capita

pay 39.4% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Laos Laos (24% 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 Laos, the top marginal tax rate is 24%.
Category: United States vs. Laos - Tax Rate

live 15.5 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Laos Laos (64.3 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Laos, the average life expectancy is 64.3 years.
Category: United States vs. Laos - Life Expectancy

consume 95.4% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Laos Laos (555 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Laos, that number is 555 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Laos - Electricity Consumption

have 91.2% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Laos Laos (23.9 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 Laos, that number is 23.9 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Laos - Birth Rate

be 45.7% more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Laos Laos (22% of people - 2013 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Laos, that number is 22% of people.
Category: United States vs. Laos - Poverty Line

be 23.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Laos Laos (75.7% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Laos, 75.7% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Laos - Access to Drinking Water

be 8.9 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Laos Laos (51.4 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 Laos, on the other hand, 51.4 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Laos - Infant Mortality

be 72.3% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Laos Laos (1.3% of people - 2012 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Laos, that number is 1.3% of people.
Category: United States vs. Laos - Unemployment

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


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A brief history of Laos

Laos is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 236,800 sq km. Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual, limited return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997 and the WTO in 2013.

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