United States compared to Panama

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


make 60.2% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Panama Panama ($22,800 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $22,800.
Category: United States vs. Panama - GDP Per Capita

consume 82.6% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Panama Panama (2,105 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Panama, that number is 2,105 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Panama - Electricity Consumption

have 44.8% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Panama Panama (18.1 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Panama, that number is 18.1 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Panama - Birth Rate

be 72.2% more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Panama Panama (26% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Panama, that number is 26% of people.
Category: United States vs. Panama - Poverty Line

be 74.1% more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Panama Panama (10.1 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 Panama, on the other hand, 10.1 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Panama - Infant Mortality

see 87.5% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Panama Panama (2,490 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.
Category: United States vs. Panama - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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A brief history of Panama

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 75,420 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

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