Wednesday, March 23, 2016

United Kingdom vs. New Jersey | 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 New Jersey 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.



NEW JERSEY
UK
POPULATION
8,958,013
64,100,000
POPULATION DENSITY
1210.10
people per sq. mile
662 people per sq. mile
TOTAL AREA (SQ. MILES)
8,723
94,060
YEAR OF FORMATION
1787
1707
TIME ZONE(S)
Eastern
GMT and BST
LARGEST CITY

Newark


London
HIGHEST POINT
1,803 ft
(High Point)
4,406 ft (Ben Nevis)
HIGHEST REC. TEMP
110 °F
(43 °C)
101.3°F
(38.5°C)
LOWEST REC. TEMP
−34 °F
(−37 °C)
-17°F
(-27.2°C)
MALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
77.84
79.5
FEMALE LIFE EXPECTANCY
82.5
82.5
MURDER RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
4.4
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
1
(Statistics recorded in 2012)
TALLEST BUILDING
781ft
(Goldman Sachs Tower)
1004ft
(The Shard in London)
INCARCERATION RATE (PER 100,000 PEOPLE)
421
147
MINIMUM WAGE
$8.38
$9.96 (for workers over 21)
VEHICLES PER 1,000 PEOPLE
690
519
ADULT OBESITY RATE
22.9%
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 man writing his way through the truly bizarre world of America - a place he sometimes accidentally calls home and a place he still hasn't quite figured out after seven years. Thankfully, his journey is made 12% easier by the fact that his accent makes him sound much smarter than he is. For evidence of this, subscribe to his popular Lost in the Pond web series over on YouTube.

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