Comparing United States to Laos

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


MAKE 94.1% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Laos  LAOS ($3,100.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Laos, that number is $3,100.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Laos GDP

LIVE 16.1 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Laos  LAOS (63.51 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Laos, the average life expectancy is 63.51.
Category: United States vs. Laos life expectancy

CONSUME 97.1% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Laos  LAOS (353 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Laos, it is 353 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Laos electricity consumption

BE 50% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Laos  LAOS (0.3% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Laos, that number is 0.3%.
Category: United States vs. Laos AIDS percentage

BE 27.9% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Laos  LAOS (71.5% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Laos, 71.5% do.
Category: United States vs. Laos drinking water access

BE 8.84 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Laos  LAOS (54.53 per 1000 infants)
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That's 783.8% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Laos, on the other hand, there are a total of 54.53 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Laos infant mortality

BE 74% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Laos  LAOS (1.9% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Laos 1.9% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Laos unemployment rate

HAVE 84.5% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Laos  LAOS (24.76 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Laos, however, there are a total of 24.76 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Laos birth rate

BE 45.7% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Laos  LAOS (22% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Laos, 22% are.
Category: United States vs. Laos poverty

At a Glance: Laos

  • Land Area: ~237 thousand sq km (United States is ~41 times bigger than Laos)
  • Population: ~7 million people (312 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Laos (236,800 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


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.

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