Monday, January 05, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Alabama | Just the Stats

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.
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ALABAMA
UK
POPULATION
4,849,377
64,100,000
POPULATION DENSITY
94.7 people per sq. mile
662 people per sq. mile
TOTAL AREA (SQ. MILES)
52,419
94,060
YEAR OF FORMATION
1819
1707
TIME ZONE(S)
Central and Eastern Time
GMT and BST
LARGEST CITY
Birmingham
London
HIGHEST POINT
2,413 ft (Mount Cheaha)
4,406 ft (Ben Nevis)
HIGHEST REC. TEMP
112 °F
(44 °C)
101.3°F
(38.5°C)
LOWEST REC. TEMP
−27 °F
(−33 °C)
-17°F
(-27.2°C)
PREDOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity (86%)
Christianity (72%)
MALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
72.01
79.5
FEMALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
78.3
82.5
MURDER RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
7.2
(Statistics recorded in 2013)
1
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
TALLEST BUILDING
745ft
(RSA Battle House Tower in Mobile)
1004ft
(The Shard in London)
INCARCERATION RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
648
147
MINIMUM WAGE
$7.25 (defaults to Federal Minimum Wage in most cases
$9.96 (for workers over 21)
VEHICLES PER 1,000 PEOPLE
1,030
519
ADULT OBESITY RATE
30.1%
23.1%
AGE OF CONSENT
16
16
MINIMUM AGE FOR FULL, UNRESTRICTED DRIVING LICENSES
16.5
17
(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+.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, those figures show a lot of crime in Albama - scarily so if the population is only 4 million! That's a lot of bored people!

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