At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, the United States is an extraordinarily large place. It is so large, in fact, that 11 of its states separately possess a total area larger than that of the entire United Kingdom. This is truly mind-boggling, especially given that the UK is itself comprised of four nations.
And so, this brings me onto my latest weekly project: tabulating the statistical differences (and sometimes similarities) between each of the fifty states and the United Kingdom. This week, we're going to assess how the state of Alabama, whose population is more or less comparable to that of Scotland, shapes up against the UK in each of the data areas listed below.
Please keep in mind that the contents of the following table do not serve any social or political agenda. Moreover, this table—as well as those of the other 49 states—is subject to revision, correction, and/or updates as and when such alterations are needed.
94.7 people per sq. mile
662 people per sq. mile
TOTAL AREA (SQ. MILES)
YEAR OF FORMATION
Central and Eastern Time
GMT and BST
2,413 ft (Mount Cheaha)
4,406 ft (Ben Nevis)
HIGHEST REC. TEMP
LOWEST REC. TEMP
MALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
FEMALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
MURDER RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
(Statistics recorded in 2013)
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
(RSA Battle House Tower in Mobile)
(The Shard in London)
INCARCERATION RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
$7.25 (defaults to Federal Minimum Wage in most cases
$9.96 (for workers over 21)
VEHICLES PER 1,000 PEOPLE
ADULT OBESITY RATE
AGE OF CONSENT
MINIMUM AGE FOR FULL, UNRESTRICTED DRIVING LICENSES
(or 16 for some people claiming mobility benefit).
This article was written by Laurence Brown. Laurence is a British expat living in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a contributor for BBC America and has written for Anglotopia. He is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond and loves nothing more than to share these articles with anglophiles, expats, and other interested parties on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.