Comparing United States to New Zealand

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If you lived in New Zealand instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 42.4% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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New Zealand  NEW ZEALAND ($30,400.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in New Zealand, that number is $30,400.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand GDP

LIVE 1.4 YEARS LONGER


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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New Zealand  NEW ZEALAND (80.93 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In New Zealand, the average life expectancy is 80.93.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand life expectancy

CONSUME 24% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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New Zealand  NEW ZEALAND (9,260 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In New Zealand, it is 9,260 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand electricity consumption

BE 83.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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New Zealand  NEW ZEALAND (0.1% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In New Zealand, that number is 0.1%.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand AIDS percentage

BE 25.6% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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New Zealand  NEW ZEALAND (4.59 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In New Zealand, on the other hand, there are a total of 4.59 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand infant mortality

BE 12.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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New Zealand  NEW ZEALAND (6.4% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in New Zealand 6.4% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand unemployment rate

SEE A 24% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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New Zealand  NEW ZEALAND (15,134km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while New Zealand has a total of 15,134 km.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand coastline

At a Glance: New Zealand

  • Land Area: ~268 thousand sq km (United States is ~37 times bigger than New Zealand)
  • Population: ~4 million people (314 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of New Zealand (267,710 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of New Zealand

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 267,710 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

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