United States compared to South Africa

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If you moved to South Africa from United States, you would..


make 77% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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South Africa South Africa ($13,200 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $13,200.
Category: United States vs. South Africa - GDP Per Capita

pay 13.6% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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South Africa South Africa (45% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2017)
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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 South Africa, the top marginal tax rate is 45%.
Category: United States vs. South Africa - Tax Rate

live 16.7 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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South Africa South Africa (63.1 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 63.1 years.
Category: United States vs. South Africa - Life Expectancy

consume 67.7% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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South Africa South Africa (3,904 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In South Africa, that number is 3,904 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. South Africa - Electricity Consumption

have 64% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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South Africa South Africa (20.5 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 South Africa, that number is 20.5 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. South Africa - Birth Rate

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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South Africa South Africa (35.9% of people - 2012 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In South Africa, that number is 35.9% of people.
Category: United States vs. South Africa - Poverty Line

be 5.5 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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South Africa South Africa (32 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 South Africa, on the other hand, 32 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. South Africa - Infant Mortality

be 5.7 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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South Africa South Africa (26.8% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In South Africa, that number is 26.8% of people.
Category: United States vs. South Africa - Unemployment

see 86% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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South Africa South Africa (2,798 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In South Africa, that number is 2,798 km.
Category: United States vs. South Africa - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and South African Revenue Service.


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


A brief history of South Africa

South Africa (sometimes abbreviated RSA) is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,219,090 sq km. Dutch traders landed at the southern tip of modern day South Africa in 1652 and established a stopover point on the spice route between the Netherlands and the Far East, founding the city of Cape Town. After the British seized the Cape of Good Hope area in 1806, many of the Dutch settlers (the Boers) trekked north to found their own republics. The discovery of diamonds (1867) and gold (1886) spurred wealth and immigration and intensified the subjugation of the native inhabitants. The Boers resisted British encroachments but were defeated in the Second Anglo Boer War (1899-1902); however, the British and the Afrikaners, as the Boers became known, ruled together beginning in 1910 under the Union of South Africa, which became a republic in 1961 after a whites-only referendum. In 1948, the National Party was voted into power and instituted a policy of apartheid - the separate development of the races - which favored the white minority at the expense of the black majority. The African National Congress (ANC) led the opposition to apartheid and many top ANC leaders, such as Nelson MANDELA, spent decades in South Africa's prisons. Internal protests and insurgency, as well as boycotts by some Western nations and institutions, led to the regime's eventual willingness to negotiate a peaceful transition to majority rule. The first multi-racial elections in 1994 brought an end to apartheid and ushered in majority rule under an ANC-led government. South Africa since then has struggled to address apartheid-era imbalances in decent housing, education, and health care. ANC infighting, which has grown in recent years, came to a head in September 2008 when President Thabo MBEKI resigned, and Kgalema MOTLANTHE, the party's General-Secretary, succeeded him as interim president. Jacob ZUMA became president after the ANC won general elections in April 2009. National presidential and parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 2014.

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