Sunday, November 22, 2015

By the Numbers: The United Kingdom vs. Minnesota

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 Minnesota 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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MINNESOTA
UK
POPULATION
5,458,333
64,100,000
POPULATION DENSITY
67.1
people per sq. mile
662 people per sq. mile
TOTAL AREA (SQ. MILES)
86,939
94,060
YEAR OF FORMATION
1858
1707
TIME ZONE(S)
Central
GMT and BST
LARGEST CITY

Minneapolis


London
HIGHEST POINT
2,302 ft (Eagle Mountain)
4,406 ft (Ben Nevis)
HIGHEST REC. TEMP
114 °F
(46 °C)
101.3°F
(38.5°C)
LOWEST REC. TEMP
−60 °F
(−51.1 °C)
-17°F
(-27.2°C)
MALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
78.67
79.5
FEMALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
83.34
82.5
MURDER RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
1.8
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
1
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
TALLEST BUILDING
792ft
(IDS Center)
1004ft
(The Shard in London)
INCARCERATION RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
289
147
MINIMUM WAGE
$9.00
$9.96 (for workers over 21)
VEHICLES PER 1,000 PEOPLE
870
519
ADULT OBESITY RATE
24.8%
23.1%
AGE OF CONSENT
16
16
MINIMUM AGE FOR FULL, UNRESTRICTED DRIVING LICENSES
18
17
(or 16 for some people claiming mobility benefit).


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Laurence Brown is a British expat living in the United States and is Editor-in-chief of Lost in the Pond. He writes popular expat narratives for BBC America and loves nothing more than to share his posts with anglophiles and expats on social media. Follow Lost in the Pond on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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