United States compared to Nigeria

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


make 89.7% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Nigeria Nigeria ($5,900 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Nigeria, the GDP per capita is $5,900.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - GDP Per Capita

pay 39.4% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Nigeria Nigeria (24% 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 Nigeria, the top marginal tax rate is 24%.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - Tax Rate

live 26.4 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Nigeria Nigeria (53.4 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Nigeria, the average life expectancy is 53.4 years.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - Life Expectancy

consume 98.9% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Nigeria Nigeria (128 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Nigeria, that number is 128 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - Electricity Consumption

have 3 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Nigeria Nigeria (37.3 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 Nigeria, that number is 37.3 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - Birth Rate

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Nigeria Nigeria (70% of people - 2010 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Nigeria, that number is 70% of people.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - Poverty Line

be 30.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Nigeria Nigeria (68.5% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Nigeria, 68.5% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - Access to Drinking Water

be 12.3 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Nigeria Nigeria (71.2 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 Nigeria, on the other hand, 71.2 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - Infant Mortality

be 5.1 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Nigeria Nigeria (23.9% of people - 2011 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Nigeria, that number is 23.9% of people.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - Unemployment

see 95.7% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Nigeria Nigeria (853 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Nigeria, that number is 853 km.
Category: United States vs. Nigeria - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria.


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A brief history of Nigeria

Nigeria is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 923,768 sq km. British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy; independence came in 1960. Following nearly 16 years of military rule, a new constitution was adopted in 1999, and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. The government continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, and institutionalizing democracy. In addition, Nigeria continues to experience longstanding ethnic and religious tensions. Although both the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections were marred by significant irregularities and violence, Nigeria is currently experiencing its longest period of civilian rule since independence. The general elections of April 2007 marked the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power in the country's history and the elections of 2011 were generally regarded as credible. In January 2014, Nigeria assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

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