Average American VS Average Russian – People Comparison

Average American VS Average Russian – People Comparison


Have you ever see the 1985 movie Rocky IV? That movie could easily have had the subheading:
‘America vs Russia’. The story depicts two boxers duking it out:
America’s Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone, and the giant Ivan Drago, played
by Dolph Lundgren. It came out 6 years before the collapse of
the Soviet Union, and was, according to some skeptics, a blatant propaganda movie as much
as it was an exhilarating sports movie. A fight between a despicable Russian, pumped-up
on steroids, hooked-up to machines, and the simple, good-hearted American going back to
nature to train for the fight. The message was clear: it was good against
evil, and in 1985 such a movie was a powerful thing. Things have changed now, but you could say
some competition, or fear, still exists between the two powerful nations. We will explore those changes in this episode
of the Infographics Show, the Average American vs the Average Russian. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. Let’s first give some historical background
on these two nations. We’ll start with the eldest, Russia. In the 9th century, the East Slavic state
of Kievan Rus’ was formed, which combined parts of what we know today as Belarus, Ukraine,
and Russia. The expansion of Russia didn’t happen overnight,
and much of it occurred during the 17th century. From the time of Ivan the Terrible in the
16th century to the beginning of the 20th century, Russia had become a huge empire. In 1914, its population was 170 million, a
number that would soon be denuded by the fallout of communist uprisings, a typhus pandemic,
and of course those that were lost to the German and Austrian armies. The Soviet Union was formed in 1922 by the
leaders of the Russian Communist Party on the principles of communist ideology. This ideology encompassed woman’s rights,
atheism, and was against consumerism. It also later began to encompass summary executions,
suppression of the arts and free-thinking, as well as debilitating surveillance measures. At the time of its downfall in 1991, the USSR
had a total population of 293 million. Russia’s population today is 143,369,000. The United States of America was formed when
13 colonies declared their independence from the United Kingdom on July 4th, 1776. It’s thought those colonies had a total
population of around 2.5 million people, most of whom had European ancestry, including English,
Scottish, Irish, Scots-Irish, German, French, Dutch, and African, although many of the Africans
were slaves. Religion was a mixed bag, with most people
being either Puritan, Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Quaker, or Lutheran. America quickly grew in size and stature,
almost hitting 100 million in 1914, and at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union,
the U.S. was home to 253 million people. Today that population has swelled to 325 million. What about the Russians and Americans of today? Not many American folks today identify with
being Puritan, but next to some other developed western nations, the USA is still fairly devout. Christianity is the biggest religion, with
numerous denominations covering about 70.6 percent of the population, according to Pew
Research. Almost all the rest of the people said they
were “nothing”, atheist or agnostic, with Jews only making up about 2 percent of the
population and Muslims just 0.9 percent. Buddhist and Hindus were said to make up 0.7
percent of the population each. 75% of the Russian population belong to the
Orthodox Christian denomination, 5 percent are Muslim, and 1 percent belong to the faiths
of Judaism, Protestantism, and Buddhism. According to the same Russian survey, 8 percent
of Russians say they are Atheist. Let’s take a look at the bodies of our two
populations. A Western stereotype of Russia is that the
country is home to a lot of large, strong people, perhaps embodied by the aforementioned
fictional boxer, Ivan Drago, who was actually played by a Swede. Well, there is some truth to the big Russian
given that the average height of a man in the country is 5 foot 10 (177 cm). The average Russian woman’s height is 5
foot 4 1/2 (164.1 cm). The average height for an American man is
slightly less at 5 foot 9 or 5 foot 9 and a half, depending on the source. In America the average woman is 5 foot 4 (163.1
cm). As for weight, the average weight in Russia
for a man is about 168.8 pounds (76.7 kilograms) and for a Russian woman 160.2 pounds (72.7
kilograms). According to one Russian media source, the
country, like many others, is presently experiencing more obesity, with about 30 percent of its
citizens being on the wrong end of the scale. The same article cited a study that said after
Mexico and the U.S., Russia is spending the largest sum of money on treating diseases
related to obesity. We know from our other shows that America
is leading the developed world in terms of obesity, with the average weight for a man
being about 195.5 pounds (88.6 kilos), according to the Center for Disease Control. The average weight for a woman is 166.2 pounds
(75.3 kilos). When starting out in life, who has it easier? According to the U.S’s National Center for
Education Statistics, 4 out of 5 of all Americans get through high school and come out with
a diploma. Asian Americans do best of all in terms of
actually graduating, followed by white, Hispanic, black, and last, Native American. According to an article in the Atlantic, about
66 percent of those graduates will immediately enroll at a university. Almost 90 percent of American children attend
free public schools, 7 percent pay for private schools, and 3 percent are home schooled. The U.S. budget for education is around 59
billion dollars for 2018, a cut of $9.2 billion in 2017. More than 40 percent of people will attain
a 4-year university degree in the U.S. according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development. Many young folks in the U.S. will take a gap
year and travel abroad. In 2016, a study by the American Gap Association
revealed that this gap year was beneficial to 97 or 98 percent of young people in terms
of helping them develop. According to Bloomberg, Russia has the third
highest level of secondary education in the world, with 54 percent of people attending
university, according to OECD. Class sizes are small, and that’s why Russia
has one of best literacy rates in the world at 98 percent – slightly higher than the
97.9 percent of the USA. High school is free, but what’s good for
students is they get out of school at 1 or 2 pm (U.S. students study longer hours). Russia is credited for having short days for
students but good results overall. Private schooling is not too common, unless
students go to an International school. Russia also has the third highest university
graduation rate in the world at 55 percent, only behind South Korea and Canada. According to a student loans website, Russians
can expect to owe in the region of $25,000 after completing university, while in the
U.S. the Class of 2016 graduates owed on average about $37,172 each. What about after school? Americans have one of the highest average
salaries in the world at $4,993 a month (gross), although the minimum wage is only $7.25 an
hour. According to the CIA Factbook, about 15.1
percent of Americans live in relative poverty. Trading Economics states that in 2017 the
average Russian salary is $694 (minimum 103 dollars) a month. While Russia has plenty of billionaires – 96
behind the USA’s 595 according to Forbes – the Guardian reports that as of 2016 more
Russians are living in poverty than the 13.1 percent CIA Factbook statistic given for 2013. This was due to an economic crisis that started
in 2014. The cost of a Big Mac in Russia according
to the Big Mac Index is 2.05 dollars, and in the U.S. the average cost is $5.06. Looking at a comparison of costs compiled
by Nationmaster, Russia is much cheaper, but the people have less purchasing power. Perhaps this is one reason you seem to find
more American gap year students than Russian students drinking from buckets on exotic beaches
under a full moon. Still, for a rich country America is the worst
of all when it comes to spreading that wealth around, according to a 2015 report in Fortune
magazine. Incidentally, the latest global standard of
living index, based on basic needs, foundations of wellbeing, and opportunity, has neither
of these countries placed in the top ten. Those spots are mostly taken by European countries,
except for Canada, Australia and New Zealand. GDP alone is by no means the sole barometer
of social progress. Americans work on average 34.4 hours per week
when in full-time employment, and don’t have any right to vacation days by law other
than 10 public holidays. CNN reports that Russians on average work
slightly more hours – 200 more a year than Americans – but do get 28 days of paid vacation
by law, as well as 9 public holidays. All Russians get free healthcare provided
by the government, and as you’ll know from our other shows, getting sick in America could
bankrupt a family. Outside education and making money, in the
USA about 6.8 per 1000 people got married in 2016 – the statistic includes all people
in the USA in one year. Births per woman in the U.S. is 1.84 on average. American men can expect to live to 77.1 and
American women 81.9. In Russia, the marriage rate is 9.2 per 1,000
in one year and the divorce rate half of that – it’s the same in the U.S. On average Russian women have 1.7 children. Life expectancy for men in Russia is 64.7
and for women 76.3. The Guardian reports that this big difference
in life expectancy between the genders is due to a large percentage of Russian men dying
before they reach 55. The reason the article gives? Vodka. So, where would you rather live and why? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Average North Korean vs Average South Korean! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

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100 thoughts on “Average American VS Average Russian – People Comparison

  1. The Soviet Union was actually formed in 1917 not in 1922. At the beginning communist leader Lenin was leading the soviet state but in 1922 he died and the new leader Josep Stalin was controlling the soviet republic.
    And the Soviet Union didn’t feel in 1991 but in 1992. And not to mention that Russia today actually have 144 billion people and not 143 billion. You shouldn’t give false information to people

  2. Russian people are the most selfish, not so much loyal individuals in the world. I will never live there cause I had faced many bad experiences with couple of Russians. They are mean, hungry for money and always cheat on their partners.

  3. 8:06 ПОЧЕМУ. СРАЗУ. ВОДКА? Мы не только бухаем водку! А как же болезни, наркота, психические расстройства, неосторожность на дороге, да сколько хочешь можно перечислять! Мы можем умиреть не только из за водки. (Достали со своими стереотипами).

  4. That’s messed up u say the Russian are obes the. U show Russian stats on obes then u say American obes then u skip the stats part like are. U ashamed of where u came frm

  5. I live in the USA and even though I am fortunate I still think this place is horrible don't call me ungrateful or anything but just the overall way the politics are going in this country is annoying I'd like to move somewhere else

  6. So what if Russia had the same Plan as Germany in WW2 but more powerful? Well then Either Germany or Russia would have to give up OR everyone (all countries except the superpower and germany) team up and end them. (Oh noes there r still communists…)

  7. 5:07
    wow !I'd like to believe that but no.Most people and children have an average knowledge of grammar and often make mistakes in words (even in the most simple such as "Только" or "МАШИНА" but they are very few)

  8. 6:06
    Wow! I live in Russia from birth and have never seen such salaries in our country . Usually high position get from 1100$ up to 3144$ this outside of Moscow.And the prices in the shops above 10$ so it is not always possible to buy products cheaper than 150$.(and that's just for one trip to the store and this salary should be enough for a month )

  9. Где я предпочитала бы жить?! Хм… Я уже блять в России живу-_- (И ни куда не денусь:D)

  10. Thank you. I lived in these both countries but I preferred to live in Uzbekistan. ( It is still not that corporateted country )

  11. This is not in relation to the video …but I find it hilarious how American movies TO THIS DAY use Russians as the villains and anti-heroes (Russian Mafia, Stranger things, many Hollywood movies and shows). I never saw a single Russian movie where Americans are antagonists. I am russian-canadian. Just shows how the west can't stop trying to brainwash people to think a whole race is "evil". So overused and dry…. grow up and move on.

  12. The main difference…
    Russian are obsessed with torturing their neighbors…

    Americans are more relaxed and welcoming…with gifts, move-in party etc…

    Why are Russians so obsessed with torturing others …

  13. Universal Health Care in Russia but the life expectancy is more than decade shorter than in America(US). Russians love radiation a little bit too much.

  14. I admire the Russians and other Eastern European countries and how they are protecting their people and cultural identity while here in Western Europe we have done the complete opposite!!

  15. Russia is our sacred state!
    Russia is our beloved land!
    The powerful strength and the great glory
    Are your properties for all the time!

  16. the literacy rate for america is inaccurate as currently over 25% with a rising trend are illiterate. this is due to the lack of a proper centralized school system. the education obtainable in the us outside of top notch universities is so bad its considered worthless by international standards. american degrees arent recognized in europe due to the information taught in american highschools equaling european elementary schools. the us school system doesnt have mandatory science classes and many schools straight up deny evolution. on an international level us americans are considered the least educated and most illiterate first world nation aswell as one of the generally most uneducated nations on the planet

  17. I think that might be the worst summary of communism I've ever heard. "The principles of communist ideology. This ideology encompassed women's rights, atheism, and it was against consumerism". All of that is true, I guess, but I don't think any economist or social scientist would be comfortable with that definition. Mostly because the core value of communism is the collective ownership of the means of production and abolish all private property for the purposes of eradicating socio-economic classes. So focusing on the values of women's rights and atheism is like describing the plot of Jurassic Park as "One man must decide whether or not to have kids with his long term girlfriend while they go on a vacation to a new theme park". It is technically true, but completely misses the point.

  18. Main difference? Less possibilities for Russians. Even McDonalds is like a really nice cafe and candy bars like sneakers aren’t that cheap. Clothes even worse. You won’t see as many Russian teens wearing branded clothes simply because they can’t afford them, otherwise American teens almost all wear vans, adidas and etc

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