United States compared to Taiwan

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


make 16.6% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Taiwan Taiwan ($47,800 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Taiwan, the GDP per capita is $47,800.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan - 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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Taiwan Taiwan (45% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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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 Taiwan, the top marginal tax rate is 45%.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan - Tax Rate

consume 12% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Taiwan Taiwan (10,632 kWh per capita - 2015 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Taiwan, that number is 10,632 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan - Electricity Consumption

have 32.8% fewer babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Taiwan Taiwan (8.4 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 Taiwan, that number is 8.4 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan - Birth Rate

be 90.1% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Taiwan Taiwan (1.5% of people - 2012 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Taiwan, that number is 1.5% of people.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan - Poverty Line

be 24.1% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Taiwan Taiwan (4.4 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 Taiwan, on the other hand, 4.4 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan - Infant Mortality

be 17% less likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Taiwan Taiwan (3.9% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Taiwan, that number is 3.9% of people.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan - Unemployment

see 92.1% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Taiwan Taiwan (1,566.3 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Taiwan, that number is 1,566.3 km.
Category: United States vs. Taiwan - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Taxation Administration, Ministry of Finance, R.O.C..


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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.

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