United States compared to North Korea

Select another country comparison:

vs.

If you moved to North Korea from United States, you would..


make 96.9% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison
North Korea North Korea ($1,800 per capita)
Comparison

United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in North Korea, the GDP per capita is $1,800.
Category: United States vs. North Korea - GDP Per Capita

live 9.4 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison
North Korea North Korea (70.4 years)
Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison

In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In North Korea, the average life expectancy is 70.4 years.
Category: United States vs. North Korea - Life Expectancy

consume 95.1% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison
North Korea North Korea (597 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
Comparison

United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In North Korea, that number is 597 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. North Korea - Electricity Consumption

have 16.8% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison
North Korea North Korea (14.6 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison

In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In North Korea, that number is 14.6 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. North Korea - Birth Rate

be 3.9 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
Comparison
North Korea North Korea (22.9 per 1,000 infants)
Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison

In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In North Korea, on the other hand, 22.9 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. North Korea - Infant Mortality

be 5.4 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
Comparison
North Korea North Korea (25.6% of people - 2013 est.)
Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison

In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In North Korea, that number is 25.6% of people.
Category: United States vs. North Korea - Unemployment

see 87.5% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison Comparison
North Korea North Korea (2,495 km)
Comparison

United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In North Korea, that number is 2,495 km.
Category: United States vs. North Korea - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook.


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


A brief history of North Korea

North Korea (sometimes abbreviated DPRK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 120,538 sq km. An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. Five years later, Japan formally annexed the entire peninsula. Following World War II, Korea was split with the northern half coming under Soviet-sponsored communist control. After failing in the Korean War (1950-53) to conquer the US-backed Republic of Korea (ROK) in the southern portion by force, North Korea (DPRK), under its founder President KIM Il Sung, adopted a policy of ostensible diplomatic and economic "self-reliance" as a check against outside influence. The DPRK demonized the US as the ultimate threat to its social system through state-funded propaganda, and molded political, economic, and military policies around the core ideological objective of eventual unification of Korea under Pyongyang's control. KIM Il Sung's son, KIM Jong Il, was officially designated as his father's successor in 1980, assuming a growing political and managerial role until the elder KIM's death in 1994. KIM Jong Un was publicly unveiled as his father's successor in September 2010. Following KIM Jong Il's death in December 2011, the regime began to take actions to transfer power to KIM Jong Un and KIM has now assumed many his father's former titles and duties. After decades of economic mismanagement and resource misallocation, the DPRK since the mid-1990s has relied heavily on international aid to feed its population. The DPRK began to ease restrictions to allow semi-private markets, starting in 2002, but then sought to roll back the scale of economic reforms in 2005 and 2009. North Korea's history of regional military provocations; proliferation of military-related items; long-range missile development; WMD programs including tests of nuclear devices in 2006, 2009, and 2013; and massive conventional armed forces are of major concern to the international community. The regime in 2013 announced a new policy calling for the simultaneous development of the North's nuclear weapons program and its economy.

Compare North Korea to another country