The U.S. vs. The World

by | Oct 30, 2017


The United States is home to about 325 million people which  puts us as the third most populous country in the world behind China and India (1.37 and 1.3 billion people, respectively).  The world population is 7.6 Billion.  Thus, the U.S. has about 4.3% of the world population OR 95.7% of humans live outside of the U.S.  It’s a big world out there!!:

  • The U.S. has 6.6% of the world’s land mass. We’re the third largest country in terms of area (not counting Antarctica), behind Russia and Canada and we just edge out China. Remember, we have Alaska which is quite large.  Brazil, Australia, India, Kazakhstan and Algeria round out the top ten.
  • The U.S. GDP in 2017 is projected to be about $19.5 Trillion.  The world GDP is projected at $78 Trillion. Thus, the U.S. economy is about 25% of the world GDP. The U.S. is world’s largest economy, followed by China with a GDP of $11.8 Trillion.
  • The value of the U.S. stock market  is about 35% of the value of stocks globally.
  • The U.S. consumes 18% of the world’s energy production.
  • We have 22% of the global prison population.
  • The U.S. ranked 31st out of 35 OECD countries in terms of the tax-to-GDP ratio in 2015 with a tax-to-GDP ratio of 26.4% compared with the OECD average of 34.3%. The tax amount includes income, property, payroll and others. The OECD is a collective of rich, developed countries and stands for “Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.”
  • In 2016, the average net worth of an adult human on earth was $52,800. The richest country per person was Switzerland ($562k), followed by Australia ($376k), U.S. ($345k) and Norway ($312k). The U.S. has 34.7% of the world’s wealth.
  • U.S. Wealth Distribution vs. the world:


  • U.S. Defense Spending:



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