Comparing United States to South Africa

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If you moved to South Africa from the United States, you would:


MAKE 78.2% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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South Africa  SOUTH AFRICA ($11,500.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in South Africa, that number is $11,500.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. South Africa GDP

LIVE 30 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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South Africa  SOUTH AFRICA (49.56 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 49.56.
Category: United States vs. South Africa life expectancy

CONSUME 60.3% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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South Africa  SOUTH AFRICA (4,841 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In South Africa, it is 4,841 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. South Africa electricity consumption

BE 29.8 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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South Africa  SOUTH AFRICA (17.9% of people)
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That's 2883.3% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In South Africa, that number is 17.9%.
Category: United States vs. South Africa AIDS percentage

BE 6.74 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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South Africa  SOUTH AFRICA (41.61 per 1000 infants)
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That's 574.4% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In South Africa, on the other hand, there are a total of 41.61 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. South Africa infant mortality

BE 3.41 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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South Africa  SOUTH AFRICA (24.9% of people)
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That's 241.1% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in South Africa 24.9% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. South Africa unemployment rate

HAVE 41.1% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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South Africa  SOUTH AFRICA (18.94 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In South Africa, however, there are a total of 18.94 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. South Africa birth rate

BE 2.07 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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South Africa  SOUTH AFRICA (31.3% of people)
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That's 107.3% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In South Africa, 31.3% are.
Category: United States vs. South Africa poverty

SEE A 86% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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South Africa  SOUTH AFRICA (2,798km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while South Africa has a total of 2,798 km.
Category: United States vs. South Africa coastline

At a Glance: South Africa

  • Land Area: ~1 million sq km (United States is ~8 times bigger than South Africa)
  • Population: ~48 million people (271 million more people live in United States)
  • Etiquette: In South Africa, "Cheers!" = "Gesondheid!"

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of South Africa (1,219,090 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).

Etiquette in South Africa

Tipping:
  • Tip around 20% when dining at a restaurant
  • Tip tour guides and hotel porters
Do's & Don'ts:
  • DO put your napkin in your lap when seated at a restaurant
  • DO NOT cut bread with a knife (break off a piece instead)
  • DO have good table manners
Table Manners:
  • Do not leave food on your plate when finished eating. This is considered wasteful
  • Place your knife and fork next to each other to indicate you have finished eating
Greetings:
  • Shake hands when meeting a new person
  • Women should greet each other with a kiss on the cheek
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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.

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