Comparing United States to Turkey

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MAKE 71% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Turkey  TURKEY ($15,300.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Turkey, that number is $15,300.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Turkey GDP

LIVE 6.3 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Turkey  TURKEY (73.29 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Turkey, the average life expectancy is 73.29.
Category: United States vs. Turkey life expectancy

CONSUME 82.9% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Turkey  TURKEY (2,088 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Turkey, it is 2,088 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Turkey electricity consumption

BE 3.47 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Turkey  TURKEY (21.43 per 1000 infants)
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That's 247.3% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Turkey, on the other hand, there are a total of 21.43 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Turkey infant mortality

BE 27.4% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Turkey  TURKEY (9.3% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Turkey 9.3% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Turkey unemployment rate

HAVE 25.6% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Turkey  TURKEY (16.86 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Turkey, however, there are a total of 16.86 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Turkey birth rate

BE 11.9% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Turkey  TURKEY (16.9% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Turkey, 16.9% are.
Category: United States vs. Turkey poverty

SEE A 63.9% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Turkey  TURKEY (7,200km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Turkey has a total of 7,200 km.
Category: United States vs. Turkey coastline

At a Glance: Turkey

  • Land Area: ~784 thousand sq km (United States is ~13 times bigger than Turkey)
  • Population: ~82 million people (237 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Turkey (783,562 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Turkey

Turkey is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 783,562 sq km. Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the Kurdistan People's Congress or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives. After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2013, KGK and the Turkish Government agreed to a ceasefire that continues despite slow progress in ongoing peace talks. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community. Over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy; it began accession membership talks with the European Union in 2005.

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