Comparing United States to Liberia

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


MAKE 98.7% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Liberia  LIBERIA ($700.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Liberia, that number is $700.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Liberia GDP

LIVE 21.4 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Liberia  LIBERIA (58.21 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Liberia, the average life expectancy is 58.21.
Category: United States vs. Liberia life expectancy

CONSUME 99.4% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Liberia  LIBERIA (76 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Liberia, it is 76 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Liberia electricity consumption

BE 50% MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Liberia  LIBERIA (0.9% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Liberia, that number is 0.9%.
Category: United States vs. Liberia AIDS percentage

BE 24.8% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Liberia  LIBERIA (74.6% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Liberia, 74.6% do.
Category: United States vs. Liberia drinking water access

BE 11.21 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Liberia  LIBERIA (69.19 per 1000 infants)
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That's 1021.4% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Liberia, on the other hand, there are a total of 69.19 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Liberia infant mortality

BE 11.64 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Liberia  LIBERIA (85% of people)
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That's 1064.4% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Liberia 85% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Liberia unemployment rate

HAVE 2.61 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Liberia  LIBERIA (35.07 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 161.3% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Liberia, however, there are a total of 35.07 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Liberia birth rate

BE 5.3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Liberia  LIBERIA (80% of people)
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That's 429.8% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Liberia, 80% are.
Category: United States vs. Liberia poverty

SEE A 97.1% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Liberia  LIBERIA (579km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Liberia has a total of 579 km.
Category: United States vs. Liberia coastline

At a Glance: Liberia

  • Land Area: ~111 thousand sq km (United States is ~88 times bigger than Liberia)
  • Population: ~4 million people (315 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Liberia (111,369 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Liberia

Liberia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 111,369 sq km. Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. William TUBMAN, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendants of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel DOE ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles TAYLOR launched a rebellion against DOE's regime that led to a prolonged civil war in which DOE was killed. A period of relative peace in 1997 allowed for elections that brought TAYLOR to power, but major fighting resumed in 2000. An August 2003 peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles TAYLOR, who faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF to power. She subsequently won reelection in 2011 in a second round vote that was boycotted by the opposition and remains challenged to build Liberia's economy and reconcile a nation still recovering from 14 years of fighting. The United Nations Security Council in September 2012 passed Resolution 2066 which calls for a reduction of UN troops in Liberia by half by 2015, bringing the troop total down to fewer than 4000, and challenging Liberia's security sector to fill the gaps.

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