Comparing United States to Rwanda

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If you lived in Rwanda instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 97.2% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Rwanda  RWANDA ($1,500.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Rwanda, that number is $1,500.00 per capita.
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LIVE 20.3 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Rwanda  RWANDA (59.26 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Rwanda, the average life expectancy is 59.26.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda life expectancy

CONSUME 99.8% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Rwanda  RWANDA (26 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Rwanda, it is 26 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda electricity consumption

BE 4.8 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Rwanda  RWANDA (2.9% of people)
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That's 383.3% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Rwanda, that number is 2.9%.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda AIDS percentage

BE 28.7% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Rwanda  RWANDA (70.7% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Rwanda, 70.7% do.
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BE 9.66 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Rwanda  RWANDA (59.59 per 1000 infants)
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That's 865.8% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Rwanda, on the other hand, there are a total of 59.59 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
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HAVE 2.58 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Rwanda  RWANDA (34.61 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 157.9% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Rwanda, however, there are a total of 34.61 babies per 1000 people.
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BE 2.97 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Rwanda  RWANDA (44.9% of people)
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That's 197.4% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Rwanda, 44.9% are.
Category: United States vs. Rwanda poverty

At a Glance: Rwanda

  • Land Area: ~26 thousand sq km (United States is ~373 times bigger than Rwanda)
  • Population: ~12 million people (307 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Rwanda (26,338 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


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.

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