United States compared to Spain

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If you moved to Spain from United States, you would..


make 36.3% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Spain Spain ($36,500 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Spain, the GDP per capita is $36,500.
Category: United States vs. Spain - GDP Per Capita

live 1.9 years longer


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Spain Spain (81.7 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Spain, the average life expectancy is 81.7 years.
Category: United States vs. Spain - Life Expectancy

consume 60.1% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Spain Spain (4,818 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Spain, that number is 4,818 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Spain - Electricity Consumption

have 24.8% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Spain Spain (9.4 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Spain, that number is 9.4 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Spain - Birth Rate

be 39.7% more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Spain Spain (21.1% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Spain, that number is 21.1% of people.
Category: United States vs. Spain - Poverty Line

be 43.1% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Spain Spain (3.3 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 Spain, on the other hand, 3.3 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Spain - Infant Mortality

be 4.2 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Spain Spain (19.7% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Spain, that number is 19.7% of people.
Category: United States vs. Spain - Unemployment

see 75.1% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Spain Spain (4,964 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Spain, that number is 4,964 km.
Category: United States vs. Spain - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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A brief history of Spain

Spain is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 505,370 sq km. Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World War I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. More recently the government has had to focus on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008. Austerity measures implemented to reduce a large budget deficit and reassure foreign investors have led to one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe.

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