Comparing United States to Western Sahara

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If you lived in Western Sahara instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 95.3% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Western Sahara  WESTERN SAHARA ($2,500.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Western Sahara, that number is $2,500.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara GDP

LIVE 17.3 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Western Sahara  WESTERN SAHARA (62.27 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Western Sahara, the average life expectancy is 62.27.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara life expectancy

CONSUME 98.8% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Western Sahara  WESTERN SAHARA (151 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Western Sahara, it is 151 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara electricity consumption

BE 9.09 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Western Sahara  WESTERN SAHARA (56.09 per 1000 infants)
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That's 809.1% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Western Sahara, on the other hand, there are a total of 56.09 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara infant mortality

HAVE 2.29 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Western Sahara  WESTERN SAHARA (30.71 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 128.8% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Western Sahara, however, there are a total of 30.71 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara birth rate

SEE A 94.4% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Western Sahara  WESTERN SAHARA (1,110km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Western Sahara has a total of 1,110 km.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara coastline

At a Glance: Western Sahara

  • Land Area: ~266 thousand sq km (United States is ~37 times bigger than Western Sahara)
  • Population: ~555 thousand people (318 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Western Sahara (266,000 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Western Sahara

Western Sahara is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 266,000 sq km. Western Sahara is a disputed territory on the northwest coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania, and Algeria. After Spain withdrew from its former colony of Spanish Sahara in 1976, Morocco annexed the northern two-thirds of Western Sahara and claimed the rest of the territory in 1979, following Mauritania's withdrawal. A guerrilla war with the Polisario Front contesting Morocco's sovereignty ended in a 1991 cease-fire and the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation. As part of this effort, the UN sought to offer a choice to the peoples of the Western Sahara between independence (favored by the Polisario Front) or integration into Morocco. A proposed referendum never took place due to lack of agreement on voter eligibility. The 2,700 km- (1,700 mi-) long defensive sand berm, built by the Moroccans from 1980 to 1987 and running the length of the territory, continues to separate the opposing forces with Morocco controlling the roughly 80 percent of the territory west of the berm. Local demonstrations criticizing the Moroccan authorities occur regularly, and there are periodic ethnic tensions between the native Sahrawi population and Moroccan immigrants. Morocco maintains a heavy security presence in the territory.

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