United States compared to New Zealand

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If you moved to New Zealand from United States, you would..


make 35.3% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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New Zealand New Zealand ($37,100 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $37,100.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand - GDP Per Capita

pay 16.7% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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New Zealand New Zealand (33% 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 New Zealand, the top marginal tax rate is 33%.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand - Tax Rate

consume 26% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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New Zealand New Zealand (8,939 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In New Zealand, that number is 8,939 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand - Electricity Consumption

be 22.4% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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New Zealand New Zealand (4.5 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 New Zealand, on the other hand, 4.5 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand - Infant Mortality

be 8.5% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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New Zealand New Zealand (5.1% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 5.1% of people.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand - Unemployment

see 24% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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New Zealand New Zealand (15,134 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.
Category: United States vs. New Zealand - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.


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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 268,838 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.

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