Comparing United States to Poland

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MAKE 60% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Poland  POLAND ($21,100.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Poland, that number is $21,100.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Poland GDP

LIVE 2.9 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Poland  POLAND (76.65 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Poland, the average life expectancy is 76.65.
Category: United States vs. Poland life expectancy

CONSUME 66.8% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Poland  POLAND (4,042 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Poland, it is 4,042 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Poland electricity consumption

BE 41.1% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Poland  POLAND (10.3% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Poland 10.3% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Poland unemployment rate

HAVE 27.2% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Poland  POLAND (9.77 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Poland, however, there are a total of 9.77 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Poland birth rate

BE 29.8% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Poland  POLAND (10.6% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Poland, 10.6% are.
Category: United States vs. Poland poverty

SEE A 97.8% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Poland  POLAND (440km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Poland has a total of 440 km.
Category: United States vs. Poland coastline

At a Glance: Poland

  • Land Area: ~313 thousand sq km (United States is ~31 times bigger than Poland)
  • Population: ~38 million people (281 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Poland (312,685 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Poland

Poland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 312,685 sq km. Poland's history as a state begins near the middle of the 10th century. By the mid-16th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ruled a vast tract of land in central and eastern Europe. During the 18th century, internal disorders weakened the nation, and in a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland among themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force with over ten million members. Free elections in 1989 and 1990 won Solidarity control of the parliament and the presidency, bringing the communist era to a close. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed and with large investments in defense, energy, and other infrastructure, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

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