Comparing United States to Nicaragua

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If you lived in Nicaragua instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 91.5% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Nicaragua  NICARAGUA ($4,500.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Nicaragua, that number is $4,500.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua GDP

LIVE 6.8 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Nicaragua  NICARAGUA (72.72 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Nicaragua, the average life expectancy is 72.72.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua life expectancy

CONSUME 95.9% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Nicaragua  NICARAGUA (503 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Nicaragua, it is 503 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua electricity consumption

BE 50% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Nicaragua  NICARAGUA (0.3% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Nicaragua, that number is 0.3%.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua 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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Nicaragua  NICARAGUA (85% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Nicaragua, 85% do.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua drinking water access

BE 3.3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Nicaragua  NICARAGUA (20.36 per 1000 infants)
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That's 230% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, there are a total of 20.36 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua infant mortality

HAVE 37.2% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Nicaragua  NICARAGUA (18.41 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Nicaragua, however, there are a total of 18.41 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua birth rate

BE 2.82 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Nicaragua  NICARAGUA (42.5% of people)
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That's 181.5% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Nicaragua, 42.5% are.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua poverty

SEE A 95.4% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Nicaragua  NICARAGUA (910km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Nicaragua has a total of 910 km.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua coastline

At a Glance: Nicaragua

  • Land Area: ~130 thousand sq km (United States is ~75 times bigger than Nicaragua)
  • Population: ~6 million people (313 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Nicaragua (130,370 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 130,370 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

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