United States compared to Rwanda

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


make 96.7% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Rwanda Rwanda ($1,900 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Rwanda, the GDP per capita is $1,900.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda - GDP Per Capita

pay 24.2% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Rwanda Rwanda (30% 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 Rwanda, the top marginal tax rate is 30%.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda - Tax Rate

live 19.7 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Rwanda Rwanda (60.1 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Rwanda, the average life expectancy is 60.1 years.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda - Life Expectancy

consume 99.7% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Rwanda Rwanda (38 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Rwanda, that number is 38 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda - Electricity Consumption

have 2.7 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Rwanda Rwanda (33.3 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 Rwanda, that number is 33.3 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda - Birth Rate

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Rwanda Rwanda (39.1% of people - 2015 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Rwanda, that number is 39.1% of people.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda - Poverty Line

be 23.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Rwanda Rwanda (76.1% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Rwanda, 76.1% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda - Access to Drinking Water

be 9.8 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Rwanda Rwanda (56.8 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 Rwanda, on the other hand, 56.8 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda - Infant Mortality

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Rwanda Revenue Authority.


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A brief history of Rwanda

Rwanda is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 26,338 sq km. In 1959, three years before independence from Belgium, the majority ethnic group, the Hutus, overthrew the ruling Tutsi king. Over the next several years, thousands of Tutsis were killed, and some 150,000 driven into exile in neighboring countries. The children of these exiles later formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), and began a civil war in 1990. The war, along with several political and economic upheavals, exacerbated ethnic tensions, culminating in April 1994 in a state-orchestrated genocide, in which Rwandans killed up to a million of their fellow citizens, including approximately three-quarters of the Tutsi population. The genocide ended later that same year when the predominantly Tutsi RPF, operating out of Uganda and northern Rwanda, defeated the national army and Hutu militias, and established an RPF-led government of national unity. Approximately 2 million Hutu refugees - many fearing Tutsi retribution - fled to neighboring Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, and former Zaire. Since then, most of the refugees have returned to Rwanda, but several thousand remained in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, the former Zaire) and formed an extremist insurgency bent on retaking Rwanda, much as the RPF did in 1990. Rwanda held its first local elections in 1999 and its first post-genocide presidential and legislative elections in 2003. Rwanda in 2009 staged a joint military operation with the Congolese Army in DRC to rout out the Hutu extremist insurgency there, and Kigali and Kinshasa restored diplomatic relations. Rwanda also joined the Commonwealth in late 2009. In January 2013, Rwanda assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

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