Comparing United States to Zambia

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If you lived in Zambia instead of United States, you would:


MAKE 96.6% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Zambia  ZAMBIA ($1,800.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Zambia, that number is $1,800.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Zambia GDP

LIVE 27.7 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Zambia  ZAMBIA (51.83 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Zambia, the average life expectancy is 51.83.
Category: United States vs. Zambia life expectancy

CONSUME 95.5% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Zambia  ZAMBIA (544 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Zambia, it is 544 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Zambia electricity consumption

BE 21.2 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Zambia  ZAMBIA (12.7% of people)
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That's 2016.7% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Zambia, that number is 12.7%.
Category: United States vs. Zambia AIDS percentage

BE 36.2% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Zambia  ZAMBIA (63.3% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Zambia, 63.3% do.
Category: United States vs. Zambia drinking water access

BE 10.8 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Zambia  ZAMBIA (66.62 per 1000 infants)
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That's 979.7% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Zambia, on the other hand, there are a total of 66.62 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Zambia infant mortality

BE 2.06 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Zambia  ZAMBIA (15% of people)
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That's 105.5% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Zambia 15% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Zambia unemployment rate

HAVE 3.16 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Zambia  ZAMBIA (42.46 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 216.4% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Zambia, however, there are a total of 42.46 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Zambia birth rate

BE 4.01 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE 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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That's 300.7% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Zambia, 60.5% are.
Category: United States vs. Zambia poverty

At a Glance: Zambia

  • Land Area: ~753 thousand sq km (United States is ~13 times bigger than Zambia)
  • Population: ~15 million people (304 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Zambia (752,618 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


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.

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