Comparing United States to Zimbabwe

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


MAKE 98.9% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Zimbabwe  ZIMBABWE ($600.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Zimbabwe, that number is $600.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe GDP

LIVE 23.9 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Zimbabwe  ZIMBABWE (55.68 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 55.68.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe life expectancy

CONSUME 92.5% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Zimbabwe  ZIMBABWE (913 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Zimbabwe, it is 913 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe electricity consumption

BE 24.5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Zimbabwe  ZIMBABWE (14.7% of people)
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That's 2350% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Zimbabwe, that number is 14.7%.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe AIDS percentage

BE 19.5% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Zimbabwe  ZIMBABWE (79.9% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Zimbabwe, 79.9% do.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe drinking water access

BE 4.3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Zimbabwe  ZIMBABWE (26.55 per 1000 infants)
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That's 330.3% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Zimbabwe, on the other hand, there are a total of 26.55 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe infant mortality

BE 13.01 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Zimbabwe  ZIMBABWE (95% of people)
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That's 1201.4% more likely! In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Zimbabwe 95% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe unemployment rate

HAVE 2.42 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Zimbabwe  ZIMBABWE (32.47 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 142% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Zimbabwe, however, there are a total of 32.47 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe birth rate

BE 4.5 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Zimbabwe  ZIMBABWE (68% of people)
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That's 350.3% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Zimbabwe, 68% are.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe poverty

At a Glance: Zimbabwe

  • Land Area: ~391 thousand sq km (United States is ~25 times bigger than Zimbabwe)
  • Population: ~14 million people (305 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Zimbabwe (390,757 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 390,757 sq km. The UK annexed Southern Rhodesia from the [British] South Africa Company in 1923. A 1961 constitution was formulated that favored whites in power. In 1965 the government unilaterally declared its independence, but the UK did not recognize the act and demanded more complete voting rights for the black African majority in the country (then called Rhodesia). UN sanctions and a guerrilla uprising finally led to free elections in 1979 and independence (as Zimbabwe) in 1980. Robert MUGABE, the nation's first prime minister, has been the country's only ruler (as president since 1987) and has dominated the country's political system since independence. His chaotic land redistribution campaign, which began in 1997 and intensified after 2000, caused an exodus of white farmers, crippled the economy, and ushered in widespread shortages of basic commodities. Ignoring international condemnation, MUGABE rigged the 2002 presidential election to ensure his reelection. In April 2005, the capital city of Harare embarked on Operation Restore Order, ostensibly an urban rationalization program, which resulted in the destruction of the homes or businesses of 700,000 mostly poor supporters of the opposition. President MUGABE in June 2007 instituted price controls on all basic commodities causing panic buying and leaving store shelves empty for months; a period of increasing hyperinflation ensued. General elections held in March 2008 contained irregularities but still amounted to a censure of the ZANU-PF-led government with the opposition winning a majority of seats in parliament. MDC-T opposition leader Morgan TSVANGIRAI won the most votes in the presidential polls, but not enough to win outright. In the lead up to a run-off election in late June 2008, considerable violence enacted against opposition party members led to the withdrawal of TSVANGIRAI from the ballot. Extensive evidence of violence and intimidation resulted in international condemnation of the process. Difficult negotiations over a power-sharing "government of national unity," in which MUGABE remained president and TSVANGIRAI became prime minister, were finally settled in February 2009, although the leaders failed to agree upon many key outstanding governmental issues. MUGABE was reelected president in June 2013 in balloting that was severely flawed and internationally condemned. As a prerequisite to holding the elections, Zimbabwe enacted a new constitution by referendum, although many provisions in the new constitution have yet to be codified in law.

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