Comparing United States to Vietnam

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MAKE 92.4% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Vietnam  VIETNAM ($4,000.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Vietnam, that number is $4,000.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam GDP

LIVE 6.7 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Vietnam  VIETNAM (72.91 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Vietnam, the average life expectancy is 72.91.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam life expectancy

CONSUME 90.9% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Vietnam  VIETNAM (1,113 kWh per capita)

In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Vietnam, it is 1,113 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam electricity consumption

BE 33.3% LESS LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Vietnam  VIETNAM (0.4% of people)
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In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Vietnam, that number is 0.4%.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam AIDS percentage

BE 3.08 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Vietnam  VIETNAM (18.99 per 1000 infants)
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That's 207.8% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Vietnam, on the other hand, there are a total of 18.99 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam infant mortality

BE 82.2% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Vietnam  VIETNAM (1.3% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Vietnam 1.3% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam unemployment rate

HAVE 21.2% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Vietnam  VIETNAM (16.26 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Vietnam, however, there are a total of 16.26 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam birth rate

BE 25.2% LESS LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Vietnam  VIETNAM (11.3% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Vietnam, 11.3% are.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam poverty

SEE A 82.7% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Vietnam  VIETNAM (3,444km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Vietnam has a total of 3,444 km.
Category: United States vs. Vietnam coastline

At a Glance: Vietnam

  • Land Area: ~331 thousand sq km (United States is ~30 times bigger than Vietnam)
  • Population: ~93 million people (225 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Vietnam (331,210 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Vietnam

Vietnam (sometimes abbreviated SRV) is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 331,210 sq km. The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the communist North and anti-communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under communist rule. Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies, the persecution and mass exodus of individuals - many of them successful South Vietnamese merchants - and growing international isolation. However, since the enactment of Vietnam's "doi moi" (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to increased economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries. The communist leaders, however, maintain control on political expression and have resisted outside calls to improve human rights. The country continues to experience small-scale protests from various groups - the vast majority connected to land-use issues, calls for increased political space, and the lack of equitable mechanisms for resolving disputes. Various ethnic minorities, such as the Montagnards of the Central Highlands and the Khmer Krom in the southern delta region, have also held protests.

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