United States compared to Russia

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


make 54.5% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Russia Russia ($26,100 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Russia, the GDP per capita is $26,100.
Category: United States vs. Russia - GDP Per Capita

pay 67.2% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Russia Russia (13% 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 Russia, the top marginal tax rate is 13%.
Category: United States vs. Russia - Tax Rate

live 9 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Russia Russia (70.8 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Russia, the average life expectancy is 70.8 years.
Category: United States vs. Russia - Life Expectancy

consume 38.1% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Russia Russia (7,481 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Russia, that number is 7,481 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Russia - Electricity Consumption

be 25.8% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Russia Russia (11.2% of people - 2014 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Russia, that number is 11.2% of people.
Category: United States vs. Russia - Poverty Line

be 19% more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Russia Russia (6.9 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 Russia, on the other hand, 6.9 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Russia - Infant Mortality

be 74.5% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Russia Russia (8.2% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Russia, that number is 8.2% of people.
Category: United States vs. Russia - Unemployment

see 89% more coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Russia Russia (37,653 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Russia, that number is 37,653 km.
Category: United States vs. Russia - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Federal Tax Service of Russia.


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A brief history of Russia

Russia is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 17,098,242 sq km. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new ROMANOV Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

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