Comparing United States to Malawi

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MAKE 98.3% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Malawi  MALAWI ($900.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Malawi, that number is $900.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Malawi GDP

LIVE 19.6 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Malawi  MALAWI (59.99 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Malawi, the average life expectancy is 59.99.
Category: United States vs. Malawi life expectancy

CONSUME 99.1% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Malawi  MALAWI (106 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Malawi, it is 106 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Malawi electricity consumption

BE 18 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Malawi  MALAWI (10.8% of people)
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That's 1700% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Malawi, that number is 10.8%.
Category: United States vs. Malawi AIDS percentage

BE 14.3% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Malawi  MALAWI (85% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Malawi, 85% do.
Category: United States vs. Malawi drinking water access

BE 7.78 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Malawi  MALAWI (48.01 per 1000 infants)
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That's 678.1% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Malawi, on the other hand, there are a total of 48.01 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Malawi infant mortality

HAVE 3.12 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Malawi  MALAWI (41.80 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 211.5% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Malawi, however, there are a total of 41.80 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Malawi birth rate

BE 3.51 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Malawi  MALAWI (53% of people)
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That's 251% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Malawi, 53% are.
Category: United States vs. Malawi poverty

At a Glance: Malawi

  • Land Area: ~118 thousand sq km (United States is ~83 times bigger than Malawi)
  • Population: ~17 million people (302 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Malawi (118,484 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


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.

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