Thursday, May 14, 2015

United Kingdom vs. Illinois | 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.


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 Illinois 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.




ILLINOIS
UK
POPULATION
12,880,580
64,100,000
POPULATION DENSITY
232
people per sq. mile
662 people per sq. mile
TOTAL AREA (SQ. MILES)
57,914
94,060
YEAR OF FORMATION
1818
1707
TIME ZONE(S)
Central
GMT and BST
LARGEST CITY
Chicago
London
HIGHEST POINT
1,235 ft (Charles Mound)
4,406 ft (Ben Nevis)
HIGHEST REC. TEMP
117 °F
(47 °C)
101.3°F
(38.5°C)
LOWEST REC. TEMP
−36 °F
(−38 °C)
-17°F
(-27.2°C)
MALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.40
79.5
FEMALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
81.37
82.5
MURDER RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
5.8
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
1
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
TALLEST BUILDING
1451ft
(Willis Tower in Chicago)
1004ft
(The Shard in London)
INCARCERATION RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
373
147
MINIMUM WAGE
$7.75
$9.96 (for workers over 21)
VEHICLES PER 1,000 PEOPLE
750
519
ADULT OBESITY RATE
25.3%
23.1%
AGE OF CONSENT
17
16
MINIMUM AGE FOR FULL, UNRESTRICTED DRIVING LICENSES
18
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, and has written for BBC America and 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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