Monday, February 02, 2015

By the Numbers: The United Kingdom vs. California

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.

That is precisely why I have undertaken this 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 California—itself approximately 1.7 times bigger than England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland combined—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.



CALIFORNIA
UK
POPULATION
38,802,500
64,100,000
POPULATION DENSITY
246
people per sq. mile
662 people per sq. mile
TOTAL AREA (SQ. MILES)
163,696
94,060
YEAR OF FORMATION
1850
1707
TIME ZONE(S)
Pacific Time
GMT and BST
LARGEST CITY
Los Angeles
London
HIGHEST POINT
14,505 ft (Mount Whitney)
4,406 ft (Ben Nevis)
HIGHEST REC. TEMP
134 °F
(57 °C)
101.3°F
(38.5°C)
LOWEST REC. TEMP
−45 °F
(−43 °C)
-17°F
(-27.2°C)
MALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
77.80
79.5
FEMALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
82.84
82.5
MURDER RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
5.0
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
1
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
TALLEST BUILDING
1018ft
(U.S. Bank Tower)
1004ft
(The Shard in London)
INCARCERATION RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
439
147
MINIMUM WAGE
$9.00 (set to increase to $10.00 by 2016)
$9.96 (for workers over 21)
VEHICLES PER 1,000 PEOPLE
840
519
ADULT OBESITY RATE
23.1%
23.1%
AGE OF CONSENT
18
16
MINIMUM AGE FOR FULL, UNRESTRICTED DRIVING LICENSES
17
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+.

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