Comparing United States to Mauritania

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


MAKE 95.8% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


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

LIVE 17.3 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Mauritania  MAURITANIA (62.28 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Mauritania, the average life expectancy is 62.28.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania life expectancy

CONSUME 98.5% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Mauritania  MAURITANIA (185 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Mauritania, it is 185 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania electricity consumption

BE 33.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Mauritania  MAURITANIA (0.4% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Mauritania, that number is 0.4%.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania AIDS percentage

BE 50% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Mauritania  MAURITANIA (49.6% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Mauritania, 49.6% do.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania drinking water access

BE 9.09 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Mauritania  MAURITANIA (56.06 per 1000 infants)
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That's 808.6% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritania, on the other hand, there are a total of 56.06 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania infant mortality

BE 4.11 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Mauritania  MAURITANIA (30% of people)
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That's 311% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Mauritania 30% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania unemployment rate

HAVE 2.37 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Mauritania  MAURITANIA (31.83 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 137.2% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Mauritania, however, there are a total of 31.83 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania birth rate

BE 2.65 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Mauritania  MAURITANIA (40% of people)
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That's 164.9% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Mauritania, 40% are.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania poverty

SEE A 96.2% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Mauritania  MAURITANIA (754km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Mauritania has a total of 754 km.
Category: United States vs. Mauritania coastline

At a Glance: Mauritania

  • Land Area: ~1 million sq km (United States is ~10 times bigger than Mauritania)
  • Population: ~4 million people (315 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Mauritania (1,030,700 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Mauritania

Mauritania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,030,700 sq km. Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976 but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA seized power in a coup in 1984 and ruled Mauritania with a heavy hand for more than two decades. A series of presidential elections that he held were widely seen as flawed. A bloodless coup in August 2005 deposed President TAYA and ushered in a military council that oversaw a transition to democratic rule. Independent candidate Sidi Ould Cheikh ABDALLAHI was inaugurated in April 2007 as Mauritania's first freely and fairly elected president. His term ended prematurely in August 2008 when a military junta led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ deposed him and installed a military council government. AZIZ was subsequently elected president in July 2009 and sworn in the following month. AZIZ sustained injuries from an accidental shooting by his own troops in October 2012 but has continued to maintain his authority. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions among its black population (Afro-Mauritanians) and white and black Moor (Arab-Berber) communities, and confronts a terrorism threat by al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

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