Comparing United States to Taiwan

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MAKE 25% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Taiwan  TAIWAN ($39,600.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Taiwan, that number is $39,600.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan GDP

CONSUME 14.9% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Taiwan  TAIWAN (10,368 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Taiwan, it is 10,368 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan electricity consumption

BE 27.2% LESS LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Taiwan  TAIWAN (4.49 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 Taiwan, on the other hand, there are a total of 4.49 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan infant mortality

BE 43.8% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Taiwan  TAIWAN (4.1% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Taiwan 4.1% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan unemployment rate

HAVE 36.3% FEWER BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Taiwan  TAIWAN (8.55 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Taiwan, however, there are a total of 8.55 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan birth rate

BE 90.1% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Taiwan  TAIWAN (1.5% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Taiwan, 1.5% are.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan poverty

SEE A 92.1% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Taiwan  TAIWAN (1,566km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Taiwan has a total of 1,566 km.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan coastline

At a Glance: Taiwan

  • Land Area: ~36 thousand sq km (United States is ~273 times bigger than Taiwan)
  • Population: ~23 million people (296 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Taiwan (35,980 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Taiwan

Taiwan is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 35,980 sq km. In 1895, military defeat forced China's Qing Dynasty to cede Taiwan to Japan. Taiwan came under Chinese Nationalist control after World War II. Following the communist victory on the mainland in 1949, 2 million Nationalists fled to Taiwan and established a government using the 1947 constitution drawn up for all of China. Beginning in the 1950s, the ruling authorities gradually democratized and incorporated the local population within the governing structure. This process expanded rapidly in the 1980s. In 2000, Taiwan underwent its first peaceful transfer of power from the Nationalist (Kuomintang or KMT) to the Democratic Progressive Party. Throughout this period, the island prospered and became one of East Asia's economic "Tigers." The dominant political issues continue to be management of sensitive relations between Taiwan and China - specifically the question of Taiwan's eventual status - as well as domestic priorities for economic reform and growth.

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