Comparing United States to South Korea

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MAKE 37.1% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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South Korea  SOUTH KOREA ($33,200.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in South Korea, that number is $33,200.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. South Korea GDP

CONSUME 24.8% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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South Korea  SOUTH KOREA (9,166 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In South Korea, it is 9,166 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. South Korea electricity consumption

BE 36.3% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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South Korea  SOUTH KOREA (3.93 per 1000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In South Korea, on the other hand, there are a total of 3.93 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. South Korea infant mortality

BE 56.2% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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South Korea  SOUTH KOREA (3.2% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in South Korea 3.2% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. South Korea unemployment rate

HAVE 38.5% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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South Korea  SOUTH KOREA (8.26 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In South Korea, however, there are a total of 8.26 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. South Korea birth rate

BE 6% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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South Korea  SOUTH KOREA (16% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In South Korea, 16% are.
Category: United States vs. South Korea poverty

SEE A 87.9% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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South Korea  SOUTH KOREA (2,413km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while South Korea has a total of 2,413 km.
Category: United States vs. South Korea coastline

At a Glance: South Korea

  • Land Area: ~100 thousand sq km (United States is ~99 times bigger than South Korea)
  • Population: ~49 million people (270 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of South Korea (99,720 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of South Korea

South Korea (sometimes abbreviated ROK) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 99,720 sq km. An independent kingdom for much of its long history, Korea was occupied by Japan beginning in 1905 following the Russo-Japanese War. In 1910, Tokyo formally annexed the entire Peninsula. Korea regained its independence following Japan's surrender to the United States in 1945. After World War II, a democratic-based government (Republic of Korea, ROK) was set up in the southern half of the Korean Peninsula while a communist-style government was installed in the north (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, DPRK). During the Korean War (1950-53), US troops and UN forces fought alongside ROK soldiers to defend South Korea from a DPRK invasion supported by China and the Soviet Union. A 1953 armistice split the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. PARK Chung-hee took over leadership of the country in a 1961 coup. During his regime, from 1961 to 1979, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth, with per capita income rising to roughly 17 times the level of North Korea. South Korea held its first free presidential election under a revised democratic constitution in 1987, with former ROK Army general ROH Tae-woo winning a close race. In 1993, KIM Young-sam (1993-98) became the first civilian president of South Korea's new democratic era. President KIM Dae-jung (1998-2003) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his contributions to South Korean democracy and his "Sunshine" policy of engagement with North Korea. President PARK Geun-hye, daughter of former ROK President PARK Chung-hee, took office in February 2013 and is South Korea's first female leader. South Korea holds a non-permanent seat (2013-14) on the UN Security Council and will host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Serious tensions with North Korea have punctuated inter-Korean relations in recent years, including the North's attacks on a South Korean ship and island in 2010, nuclear and missile tests, and its temporary closure of the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex in 2013.

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