United States compared to Zimbabwe

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


make 96.5% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Zimbabwe Zimbabwe ($2,000 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Zimbabwe, the GDP per capita is $2,000.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe - GDP Per Capita

pay 26.3% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (50% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Zimbabwe, the top marginal tax rate is 50%.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe - Tax Rate

live 21.8 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (58 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Zimbabwe, the average life expectancy is 58 years.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe - Life Expectancy

consume 95.5% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (549 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Zimbabwe, that number is 549 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe - Electricity Consumption

have 2.6 times more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (31.9 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 Zimbabwe, that number is 31.9 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe - Birth Rate

be 4.8 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (72.3% of people - 2012 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Zimbabwe, that number is 72.3% of people.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe - Poverty Line

be 22.5% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


United States United States (99.2% of people)
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Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (76.9% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Zimbabwe, 76.9% of people do.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe - Access to Drinking Water

be 4.5 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (25.9 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 Zimbabwe, on the other hand, 25.9 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe - Infant Mortality

be 20.2 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Zimbabwe Zimbabwe (95% of people - 2009 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Zimbabwe, that number is 95% of people.
Category: United States vs. Zimbabwe - Unemployment

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.


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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.

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