United States compared to Nicaragua

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If you moved to Nicaragua from United States, you would..


make 90.8% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua ($5,300 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,300.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - GDP Per Capita

pay 24.2% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua (30% 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 Nicaragua, the top marginal tax rate is 30%.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - Tax Rate

live 6.6 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua (73.2 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Nicaragua, the average life expectancy is 73.2 years.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - Life Expectancy

consume 93.9% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua (739 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Nicaragua, that number is 739 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - Electricity Consumption

have 43.2% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua (17.9 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Nicaragua, that number is 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - Birth Rate

be 96% more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua (29.6% of people - 2015 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Nicaragua, that number is 29.6% of people.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - Poverty Line

be 12.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua (87% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Nicaragua, 87% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - Access to Drinking Water

be 3.3 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua (19 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 Nicaragua, on the other hand, 19 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - Infant Mortality

be 27.7% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua (6% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Nicaragua, that number is 6% of people.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - Unemployment

see 95.4% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Nicaragua Nicaragua (910 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Nicaragua, that number is 910 km.
Category: United States vs. Nicaragua - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and General Directorate of Revenues.


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


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.

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