United States compared to Malawi

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


make 98.1% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Malawi Malawi ($1,100 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Malawi, the GDP per capita is $1,100.
Category: United States vs. Malawi - 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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Malawi Malawi (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 Malawi, the top marginal tax rate is 30%.
Category: United States vs. Malawi - Tax Rate

live 18.6 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Malawi Malawi (61.2 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Malawi, the average life expectancy is 61.2 years.
Category: United States vs. Malawi - Life Expectancy

consume 99.2% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Malawi Malawi (102 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Malawi, that number is 102 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Malawi - Electricity Consumption

have 3.3 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Malawi Malawi (41.3 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 Malawi, that number is 41.3 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Malawi - Birth Rate

be 3.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Malawi Malawi (52.4% of people - 2004 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Malawi, that number is 52.4% of people.
Category: United States vs. Malawi - Poverty Line

be 7.7 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Malawi Malawi (44.8 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 Malawi, on the other hand, 44.8 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Malawi - Infant Mortality

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


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A brief history of Malawi

Malawi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 118,484 sq km. Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009. He oversaw some economic improvement in his first term, but was accused of economic mismanagement and poor governance in his second term. He died abruptly in April 2012 and was succeeded by his vice president, Joyce BANDA, who had earlier started her own party, the People's Party (PP). Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the scourge of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi.

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