United States compared to Zambia

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


make 93.2% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Zambia Zambia ($3,900 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Zambia, the GDP per capita is $3,900.
Category: United States vs. Zambia - GDP Per Capita

live 27.3 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Zambia Zambia (52.5 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 52.5 years.
Category: United States vs. Zambia - Life Expectancy

consume 94.1% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita)
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Zambia Zambia (709 kWh per capita)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Zambia, that number is 709 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Zambia - Electricity Consumption

have 3.3 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people)
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Zambia Zambia (41.8 babies per 1,000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Zambia, that number is 41.8 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Zambia - Birth Rate

be 4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people)
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Zambia Zambia (60.5% of people)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Zambia, that number is 60.5% of people.
Category: United States vs. Zambia - Poverty Line

be 34.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Zambia Zambia (65.4% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Zambia, 65.4% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Zambia - Access to Drinking Water

be 10.8 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Zambia Zambia (62.9 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 Zambia, on the other hand, 62.9 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Zambia - Infant Mortality

be 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people)
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Zambia Zambia (15% of people)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Zambia, that number is 15% of people.
Category: United States vs. Zambia - Unemployment

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


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A brief history of Zambia

Zambia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 752,618 sq km. The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the [British] South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule, but the subsequent vote in 1996 saw blatant harassment of opposition parties. The election in 2001 was marked by administrative problems with three parties filing a legal petition challenging the election of ruling party candidate Levy MWANAWASA. MWANAWASA was reelected in 2006 in an election that was deemed free and fair. Upon his abrupt death in August 2008, he was succeeded by his vice president, Rupiah BANDA, who subsequently won a special presidential by-election in October 2008. Michael SATA was elected president in September 2011.

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