Comparing United States to Lesotho

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If you lived in Lesotho instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 95.8% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Lesotho  LESOTHO ($2,200.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Lesotho, that number is $2,200.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho GDP

LIVE 26.9 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Lesotho  LESOTHO (52.65 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Lesotho, the average life expectancy is 52.65.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho life expectancy

CONSUME 98.7% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Lesotho  LESOTHO (158 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Lesotho, it is 158 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho electricity consumption

BE 38.5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Lesotho  LESOTHO (23.1% of people)
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That's 3750% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Lesotho, that number is 23.1%.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho AIDS percentage

BE 18% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Lesotho  LESOTHO (81.3% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Lesotho, 81.3% do.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho drinking water access

BE 8.18 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Lesotho  LESOTHO (50.48 per 1000 infants)
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That's 718.2% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Lesotho, on the other hand, there are a total of 50.48 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho infant mortality

BE 3.43 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Lesotho  LESOTHO (25% of people)
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That's 242.5% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Lesotho 25% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho unemployment rate

HAVE 93.1% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Lesotho  LESOTHO (25.92 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Lesotho, however, there are a total of 25.92 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho birth rate

BE 3.25 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Lesotho  LESOTHO (49% of people)
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That's 224.5% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Lesotho, 49% are.
Category: United States vs. Lesotho poverty

At a Glance: Lesotho

  • Land Area: ~30 thousand sq km (United States is ~324 times bigger than Lesotho)
  • Population: ~2 million people (317 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Lesotho (30,355 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Lesotho

Lesotho is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 30,355 sq km. Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. The Basuto National Party ruled the country during its first two decades. King MOSHOESHOE was exiled in 1990, but returned to Lesotho in 1992 and was reinstated in 1995 and subsequently succeeded by his son, King LETSIE III, in 1996. Constitutional government was restored in 1993 after seven years of military rule. In 1998, violent protests and a military mutiny following a contentious election prompted a brief but bloody intervention by South African and Batswana military forces under the aegis of the Southern African Development Community. Subsequent constitutional reforms restored relative political stability. Peaceful parliamentary elections were held in 2002, but the National Assembly elections of February 2007 were hotly contested and aggrieved parties disputed how the electoral law was applied to award proportional seats in the Assembly. In May 2012, competitive elections involving 18 parties saw Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas THABANE form a coalition government - the first in the country's history - that ousted the 14-year incumbent, Pakalitha MOSISILI, who peacefully transferred power the following month.

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