United States compared to Western Sahara

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If you moved to Western Sahara from United States, you would..


make 95.6% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Western Sahara Western Sahara ($2,500 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Western Sahara, the GDP per capita is $2,500.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara - GDP Per Capita

live 16.8 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Western Sahara Western Sahara (63 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Western Sahara, the average life expectancy is 63 years.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara - Life Expectancy

consume 98.8% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Western Sahara Western Sahara (142 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Western Sahara, that number is 142 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara - Electricity Consumption

have 2.4 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Western Sahara Western Sahara (29.8 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 Western Sahara, that number is 29.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara - Birth Rate

be 9.2 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Western Sahara Western Sahara (53.3 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 Western Sahara, on the other hand, 53.3 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara - Infant Mortality

see 94.4% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Western Sahara Western Sahara (1,110 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Western Sahara, that number is 1,110 km.
Category: United States vs. Western Sahara - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook.


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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.

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