Sunday, August 09, 2015

By the Numbers: The United Kingdom vs. Iowa

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 Iowa 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.



IOWA
UK
POPULATION
3,107,124
64,100,000
POPULATION DENSITY
54.8
people per sq. mile
662 people per sq. mile
TOTAL AREA (SQ. MILES)
56,272
94,060
YEAR OF FORMATION
1846
1707
TIME ZONE(S)
Central
GMT and BST
LARGEST CITY
Des Moines
London
HIGHEST POINT
1,671 ft (Hawkeye Point)
4,406 ft (Ben Nevis)
HIGHEST REC. TEMP
118 °F
(48 °C)
101.3°F
(38.5°C)
LOWEST REC. TEMP
−47 °F
(−44 °C)
-17°F
(-27.2°C)
MALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
77.34
79.5
FEMALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
81.98
82.5
MURDER RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
1.5
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
1
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
TALLEST BUILDING
630ft
(801 Grand in Des Moines)
1004ft
(The Shard in London)
INCARCERATION RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
530
147
MINIMUM WAGE
$7.25
$9.96 (for workers over 21)
VEHICLES PER 1,000 PEOPLE
1,050
519
ADULT OBESITY RATE
26.3%
23.1%
AGE OF CONSENT
16
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, and writes 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 YouTube.

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