United States compared to Yemen

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


make 95.6% less money


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

live 14.3 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Yemen Yemen (65.5 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Yemen, the average life expectancy is 65.5 years.
Category: United States vs. Yemen - Life Expectancy

consume 98.4% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Yemen Yemen (189 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Yemen, that number is 189 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Yemen - Electricity Consumption

have 2.3 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Yemen Yemen (29.2 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Yemen, that number is 29.2 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Yemen - Birth Rate

be 3.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Yemen Yemen (54% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Yemen, that number is 54% of people.
Category: United States vs. Yemen - Poverty Line

be 44.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Yemen Yemen (54.9% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Yemen, 54.9% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Yemen - Access to Drinking Water

be 8.2 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Yemen Yemen (47.4 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 Yemen, on the other hand, 47.4 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Yemen - Infant Mortality

be 5.7 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Yemen Yemen (27% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Yemen, that number is 27% of people.
Category: United States vs. Yemen - Unemployment

see 90.4% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Yemen Yemen (1,906 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Yemen, that number is 1,906 km.
Category: United States vs. Yemen - Coastline

The statistics on this page are calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2017 data).


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A brief history of Yemen

Yemen is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 527,968 sq km. North Yemen became independent of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. The British, who had set up a protectorate area around the southern port of Aden in the 19th century, withdrew in 1967 from what became South Yemen. Three years later, the southern government adopted a Marxist orientation. The massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the south to the north contributed to two decades of hostility between the states. The two countries were formally unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990. A southern secessionist movement and brief civil war in 1994 was quickly subdued. In 2000, Saudi Arabia and Yemen agreed to a delimitation of their border. Fighting in the northwest between the government and the Huthis, a Zaydi Shia minority, began in 2004 and has since resulted in six rounds of fighting - the last ended in early 2010 with a cease-fire that continues to hold. The southern secessionist movement was revitalized in 2008 when a popular socioeconomic protest movement initiated the prior year took on political goals including secession. Public rallies in Sana'a against then President SALIH - inspired by similar demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt - slowly built momentum starting in late January 2011 fueled by complaints over high unemployment, poor economic conditions, and corruption. By the following month, some protests had resulted in violence, and the demonstrations had spread to other major cities. By March the opposition had hardened its demands and was unifying behind calls for SALIH's immediate ouster, and prominent military and tribal leaders began defecting from SALIH's camp. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in late April 2011, in an attempt to mediate the crisis in Yemen, proposed an agreement in which the president would step down in exchange for immunity from prosecution. SALIH's refusal to sign an agreement led to heavy street fighting and his injury in an explosion in June 2011. The UN Security Council passed Resolution 2014 in October 2011 calling on both sides to end the violence and complete a power transfer deal. In late November 2011, SALIH signed the GCC-brokered agreement to step down and to transfer some of his powers to Vice President Abd Rabuh Mansur HADI. Following elections in February 2012, won by HADI, SALIH formally transferred his powers. In accordance with the GCC initiative, Yemen launched a National Dialogue in March 2013 to discuss key constitutional, political, and social issues. HADI concluded the National Dialogue in January 2014. Subsequent steps in the transition process include constitutional drafting, a constitutional referendum, and national elections.

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