United States compared to Sierra Leone

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If you moved to Sierra Leone from United States, you would..


make 97% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone ($1,700 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,700.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - 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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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (30% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2014)
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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 Sierra Leone, the top marginal tax rate is 30%.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - Tax Rate

live 21.6 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (58.2 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Sierra Leone, the average life expectancy is 58.2 years.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - Life Expectancy

consume 99.7% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (33 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Sierra Leone, that number is 33 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - Electricity Consumption

have 2.9 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (36.7 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 Sierra Leone, that number is 36.7 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - Birth Rate

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (70.2% of people - 2004 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Sierra Leone, that number is 70.2% of people.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - Poverty Line

be 36.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (62.6% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Sierra Leone, 62.6% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - Access to Drinking Water

be 12.1 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (70 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 Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 70 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - Infant Mortality

be 93.6% more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (9.1% of people - 2014 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Sierra Leone, that number is 9.1% of people.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - Unemployment

see 98% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Sierra Leone Sierra Leone (402 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Sierra Leone, that number is 402 km.
Category: United States vs. Sierra Leone - Coastline

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


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A brief history of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 71,740 sq km. Democracy is slowly being reestablished after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about a third of the population). The military, which took over full responsibility for security following the departure of UN peacekeepers at the end of 2005, is increasingly developing as a guarantor of the country's stability. The armed forces remained on the sideline during the 2007 and 2012 national elections, and over the past year have deployed over 850 peacekeepers in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). As of January 2014, Sierra Leone also fielded 122 staff for five UN peacekeeping missions. In March 2014, the closure of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) marked the end of more than 15 years of peacekeeping and political operations in Sierra Leone. The government's priorities include furthering development, creating jobs, and stamping out endemic corruption.

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