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Geography Stats: compare key data on Singapore & United States

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Author: chris.lockyer781

The US would be among the first countries to draw one's attention on a world map due to its vast geographical extent comprising almost half of the North America continent. On the other hand, Singapore would take forever to spot it as it is only around four times the size of Washington, DC – the US capital.

The North American country is ranked among the countries with the highest population in the world. However, the US is also land of wide open spaces and population per unit area is considerably low compared to other countries ranking it among the less densely populated countries. Singapore scores very high in this aspect as it is the 3rd densest country in the world.

Interestingly, yet meaningfully, projects that tend to artificially expand Singapore by joining its islands via land reclamation are under way.

The two countries are also poles apart in terms of natural resources. Singapore's two main natural resources are fish and deep-water ports. There are no mining activities in the country due to its limited land area. On the other hand, US is rich in metals, coal and natural gas.

While Singapore has a tropical climate with only two seasons during the year, US is battered with all kinds of climates due to its wide latitudinal extent stretching from the freezing Alaska to the tropical Hawaiian islands.

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Definitions

  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Average precipitation in depth > Mm per year: Average precipitation in depth (mm per year). Average precipitation is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year: Average rainfall is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land area > Sq. km: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes."
  • Land area > Square miles: Country land area.
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Surface area > Sq. km: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
  • Area > Water: Total water area in square kilometers
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Population density > People per sq. km: Population density is midyear population divided by land area in square kilometers. Population is based on the de facto definition of population, which counts all residents regardless of legal status or citizenship--except for refugees not permanently settled in the country of asylum, who are generally considered part of the population of their country of origin. Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes.
  • Elevation extremes > Highest point: Highest point above sea level
  • Total area > Sq. km: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways."
  • Land use > Arable land: The percentage of used land that is arable. Arable land is land cultivated for crops that are replanted after each harvest like wheat, maize, and rice
  • Natural hazards: Potential natural disasters.
  • Maritime claims > Territorial sea: territorial sea - the sovereignty of a coastal State extends beyond its land territory and internal waters to an adjacent belt of sea, described as the territorial sea in the LOS Convention (Part II); this sovereignty extends to the air space over the territorial sea as well as its underlying seabed and subsoil; every State has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles. A full and definitive definition can be found in the Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention.
  • Area > Land per 1000: Total land area in square kilometres. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Elevation extremes > Lowest point: This entry is derived from Geography > Elevation extremes, which includes both the highest point and the lowest point.
  • Coastline per 1000: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Population density: People per square kilometre, in 1999. At this time the world average was 14.42.
  • Land area > Sq. km > Per capita: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes." Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Map references: The name of the CIA World Factbook reference map on which a country may be found. The entry on Geographic coordinates may be helpful in finding some smaller countries.
  • Capital city with population: Capital cities including most recent population (estimates included). Populations are figures only within the city limits, unless otherwise specified. All populations are from 2001 t0 2005 unless otherwise specified.
  • Largest city with population: Largest cities including most recent population (estimates included). Populations are figures only within the city limits, unless otherwise specified. All populations are from 2001 t0 2005 unless otherwise specified.
  • Forest area > Sq. km: Forest area is land under natural or planted stands of trees of at least 5 meters in situ, whether productive or not, and excludes tree stands in agricultural production systems (for example, in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems) and trees in urban parks and gardens."
  • Surface area > Sq. km per 1000: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Environment > Current issues: This entry lists the most pressing and important environmental problems. The following terms and abbreviations are used throughout the entry:
    Acidification - the lowering of soil and water pH due to acid precipitation and deposition usually through precipitation; this process disrupts ecosystem nutrient flows and may kill freshwater fish and plants dependent on more neutral or alkaline conditions (see acid rain).
    Acid rain - characterized as containing harmful levels of sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxide; acid rain is damaging and potentially deadly to the earth's fragile ecosystems; acidity is measured using the pH scale where 7 is neutral, values greater than 7 are considered alkaline, and values below 5.6 are considered acid precipitation; note - a pH of 2.4 (the acidity of vinegar) has been measured in rainfall in New England.
    Aerosol - a collection of airborne particles dispersed in a gas, smoke, or fog.
    Afforestation - converting a bare or agricultural space by planting trees and plants; reforestation involves replanting trees on areas that have been cut or destroyed by fire.
    Asbestos - a naturally occurring soft fibrous mineral commonly used in fireproofing materials and considered to be highly carcinogenic in particulate form.
    Biodiversity - also biological diversity; the relative number of species, diverse in form and function, at the genetic, organism, community, and ecosystem level; loss of biodiversity reduces an ecosystem's ability to recover from natural or man-induced disruption.
    Bio-indicators - a plant or animal species whose presence, abundance, and health reveal the general condition of its habitat.
    Biomass - the total weight or volume of living matter in a given area or volume.
    Carbon cycle - the term used to describe the exchange of carbon (in various forms, e.g., as carbon dioxide) between the atmosphere, ocean, terrestrial biosphere, and geological deposits.
    Catchments - assemblages used to capture and retain rainwater and runoff; an important water management technique in areas with limited freshwater resources, such as Gibraltar.
    DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane) - a colorless, odorless insecticide that has toxic effects on most animals; the use of DDT was banned in the US in 1972.
    Defoliants - chemicals which cause plants to lose their leaves artificially; often used in agricultural practices for weed control, and may have detrimental impacts on human and ecosystem health.
    Deforestation - ...
    Full definition
  • Land use > Other: The percentage share of used land that is not arable or under permanent crops. This includes permanent meadows and pastures, forests and woodlands, built-on areas, roads, barren land, etc.
  • Area > Total per 1000: Total area in square kilometers. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Area > Water per 1000: Total water area in square kilometers. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Land use > Permanent crops: The percentage share of used land on which permanent crops are grown. This is land cultivated for crops that are not replanted after each harvest like citrus, coffee, and rubber. It includes land under flowering shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees, and vines, but excludes land under trees grown for wood or timber.
  • Road density > Km of road per 100 sq. km of land area: Road density (km of road per 100 sq. km of land area). Road density is the ratio of the length of the country's total road network to the country's land area. The road network includes all roads in the country: motorways, highways, main or national roads, secondary or regional roads, and other urban and rural roads.
  • Google Street View, year added: Year in which country was first covered by Google Street View.
  • Environment > International agreements > Party to: This entry is derived from Geography > Environment > International agreements, which separates country participation in international environmental agreements into two levels - party to and signed, but not ratified. Agreements are listed in alphabetical order by the abbreviated form of the full name.
  • Surface area > Sq. km > Per capita: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways. Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Precipitation: Average Annual Precipitation in Largest City (mm, 1931-1960)
  • Highest point: Name of country’s highest point.
  • Note: This entry includes miscellaneous geographic information of significance not included elsewhere.
  • Capital: Country capital.
  • Border to area ratio: The ratio of a country's land border to its surface area.
  • Marine Coastline: Length of each country's coastline in kilometers.
  • Highest point elevation: Name of country’s highest point.
  • Environment > International agreements > Signed, but not ratified: This entry is derived from Geography > Environment > International agreements, which separates country participation in international environmental agreements into two levels - party to and signed, but not ratified. Agreements are listed in alphabetical order by the abbreviated form of the full name.
  • Highest town: Name of country’s highest permanent settlement, which is occupied year-round.
  • Forested Land: Forested land as a proportion of total land area, estimate by FAO
  • Area > Water > Per capita: Total water area in square kilometers Per capita figures expressed per 1 million population.
  • Area > Total > Per capita: Total area in square kilometers Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total: This entry provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita: This entry provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal.
  • Continent or sub continent: Within Continent / Subcontinent.

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  • Terrestrial protected areas > % of total land area: Terrestrial protected areas (% of total land area). Terrestrial protected areas are totally or partially protected areas of at least 1,000 hectares that are designated by national authorities as scientific reserves with limited public access, national parks, natural monuments, nature reserves or wildlife sanctuaries, protected landscapes, and areas managed mainly for sustainable use. Marine areas, unclassified areas, littoral (intertidal) areas, and sites protected under local or provincial law are excluded.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita per million people: This entry provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita: This entry is derived from Geography > Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural , which provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal.
  • Agricultural land > % of land area: Agricultural land refers to the share of land area that is arable, under permanent crops, and under permanent pastures. Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation is excluded. Land under permanent crops is land cultivated with crops that occupy the land for long periods and need not be replanted after each harvest, such as cocoa, coffee, and rubber. This category includes land under flowering shrubs, fruit trees, nut trees, and vines, but excludes land under trees grown for wood or timber. Permanent pasture is land used for five or more years for forage, including natural and cultivated crops.
  • Low-lying areas > Elevation under 5 metres > % of land area: Land area where elevation is below 5 meters (% of total land area). Land area below 5m is the percentage of total land where the elevation is 5 meters or less.
  • Arable land > % of land area: Arable land (% of land area). Arable land includes land defined by the FAO as land under temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted once), temporary meadows for mowing or for pasture, land under market or kitchen gardens, and land temporarily fallow. Land abandoned as a result of shifting cultivation is excluded.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total: This entry is derived from Geography > Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural , which provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal.
  • Forest area > % of land area: Forest area is land under natural or planted stands of trees of at least 5 meters in situ, whether productive or not, and excludes tree stands in agricultural production systems (for example, in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems) and trees in urban parks and gardens."
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita per million people: This entry is derived from Geography > Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural , which provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Population living in areas where elevation is below 5 meters > % of total population: Population living in areas where elevation is below 5 meters (% of total population). Population below 5m is the percentage of the total population living in areas where the elevation is 5 meters or less.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total per million people: This entry is derived from Geography > Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural , which provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Terrestrial and marine protected areas > % of total territorial area: Terrestrial and marine protected areas (% of total territorial area). Terrestrial protected areas are totally or partially protected areas of at least 1,000 hectares that are designated by national authorities as scientific reserves with limited public access, national parks, natural monuments, nature reserves or wildlife sanctuaries, protected landscapes, and areas managed mainly for sustainable use. Marine protected areas are areas of intertidal or subtidal terrain--and overlying water and associated flora and fauna and historical and cultural features--that have been reserved by law or other effective means to protect part or all of the enclosed environment. Sites protected under local or provincial law are excluded.
  • Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total per million people: This entry provides the annual quantity of water in cubic kilometers removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Domestic sector use refers to water supplied by public distribution systems. Note that some of this total may be used for small industrial and/or limited agricultural purposes. Industrial sector use is the quantity of water used by self-supplied industries not connected to a public distribution system. Agricultural sector use includes water used for irrigation and livestock watering, and does not account for agriculture directly dependent on rainfall. Included are figures for total annual water withdrawal and per capita water withdrawal. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
STAT Singapore United States HISTORY
Area > Comparative slightly more than 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC about half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; more than twice the size of the European Union
Area > Land 682.7 sq km
Ranked 182nd.
9.16 million sq km
Ranked 4th. 13420 times more than Singapore

Area > Land > Per capita 0.148 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 221st.
30.16 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 60th. 204 times more than Singapore

Area > Total 697 sq km
Ranked 192nd.
9.83 million sq km
Ranked 4th. 14099 times more than Singapore

Average precipitation in depth > Mm per year 2,497
Ranked 13th. 3 times more than United States
715
Ranked 110th.

Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year 2,497
Ranked 13th. 3 times more than United States
715
Ranked 105th.
Climate tropical; hot, humid, rainy; two distinct monsoon seasons - Northeastern monsoon (December to March) and Southwestern monsoon (June to September); inter-monsoon - frequent afternoon and early evening thunderstorms mostly temperate, but tropical in Hawaii and Florida, arctic in Alaska, semiarid in the great plains west of the Mississippi River, and arid in the Great Basin of the southwest; low winter temperatures in the northwest are ameliorated occasionally in January and February by warm chinook winds from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains
Coastline 193 km
Ranked 141st.
19,924 km
Ranked 9th. 103 times more than Singapore

Geographic coordinates 1 22 N, 103 48 E 38 00 N, 97 00 W
Land area > Sq. km 697 sq km
Ranked 175th.
9.16 million sq km
Ranked 3rd. 13145 times more than Singapore

Land area > Square miles 255 square miles
Ranked 85th.
3.8 million square miles
Ranked 2nd. 14902 times more than Singapore
Location Southeastern Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico
Natural resources fish, deepwater ports coal, copper, lead, molybdenum, phosphates, rare earth elements, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum, natural gas, timber
Surface area > Sq. km 699 km²
Ranked 180th.
9.63 million km²
Ranked 3rd. 13780 times more than Singapore

Terrain lowland; gently undulating central plateau contains water catchment area and nature preserve vast central plain, mountains in west, hills and low mountains in east; rugged mountains and broad river valleys in Alaska; rugged, volcanic topography in Hawaii
Area > Water 10 sq km
Ranked 148th.
664,709 sq km
Ranked 3rd. 66471 times more than Singapore

Area > Comparative to US places slightly more than 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC about half the size of Russia; about three-tenths the size of Africa; about half the size of South America (or slightly larger than Brazil); slightly larger than China; more than twice the size of the European Union
Population density > People per sq. km 6,301.6 people/m²
Ranked 4th. 195 times more than United States
32.35 people/m²
Ranked 149th.

Elevation extremes > Highest point Bukit Timah 166 m Mount McKinley (Denali) 6,194 m (highest point in North America)
Total area > Sq. km 700
Ranked 175th.
9.63 million
Ranked 3rd. 13760 times more than Singapore

Land use > Arable land 0.89%
Ranked 198th.
16.29%
Ranked 65th. 18 times more than Singapore

Natural hazards NA tsunamis; volcanoes; earthquake activity around Pacific Basin; hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts; tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeast; mud slides in California; forest fires in the west; flooding; permafrost in northern Alaska, a major impediment to development
Maritime claims > Territorial sea 3 nautical mile
Ranked 184th.
12 nautical mile
Ranked 61st. 4 times more than Singapore

Area > Land per 1000 0.141 sq km
Ranked 194th.
30.13 sq km
Ranked 51st. 214 times more than Singapore

Elevation extremes > Lowest point Singapore Strait 0 m Death Valley -86 m
Coastline per 1000 0.0372 km
Ranked 128th.
0.0639 km
Ranked 114th. 72% more than Singapore

Population density 5,539.77 people per sqkm
Ranked 4th. 186 times more than United States
29.77 people per sqkm
Ranked 167th.
Land area > Sq. km > Per capita 0.151 per 1,000 people
Ranked 197th.
30.16 per 1,000 people
Ranked 56th. 200 times more than Singapore

Map references Southeast Asia North America
Capital city with population Singapore - 3,044,000 Washington, D.C. - 606,900
Largest city with population Singapore - 3,044,000 New York City - 8,168,338
Total renewable water resources None None
Forest area > Sq. km 23
Ranked 182nd.
3.03 million
Ranked 4th. 131916 times more than Singapore

Surface area > Sq. km per 1000 0.164 km²
Ranked 195th.
32.59 km²
Ranked 53th. 199 times more than Singapore

Environment > Current issues industrial pollution; limited natural freshwater resources; limited land availability presents waste disposal problems; seasonal smoke/haze resulting from forest fires in Indonesia air pollution resulting in acid rain in both the US and Canada; large emitter of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels; water pollution from runoff of pesticides and fertilizers; limited natural freshwater resources in much of the western part of the country require careful management; desertification
Land use > Other 98.97%
Ranked 41st. 19% more than United States
83.44%
Ranked 150th.

Area > Total per 1000 0.143 sq km
Ranked 197th.
32.31 sq km
Ranked 51st. 226 times more than Singapore

Area > Water per 1000 0.00207 sq km
Ranked 138th.
2.19 sq km
Ranked 19th. 1058 times more than Singapore

Land use > Permanent crops 0.14%
Ranked 176th.
0.26%
Ranked 164th. 86% more than Singapore

Road density > Km of road per 100 sq. km of land area 475.63 sq. km
Ranked 5th. 7 times more than United States
66.57 sq. km
Ranked 36th.

Google Street View, year added 2,009
Ranked 58th. The same as United States
2,007
Ranked 73th.
Environment > International agreements > Party to Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Seals, Antarctic Treaty, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
Surface area > Sq. km > Per capita 0.161 km² per 1,000 people
Ranked 201st.
32.5 km² per 1,000 people
Ranked 54th. 202 times more than Singapore

Precipitation 2,150 mm
Ranked 10th. 79% more than United States
1,201 mm
Ranked 25th.
Highest point Bukit Timah Mount McKinley
Note focal point for Southeast Asian sea routes world's third-largest country by size (after Russia and Canada) and by population (after China and India); Mt. McKinley is highest point in North America and Death Valley the lowest point on the continent
Capital Singapore Washington DC
Border to area ratio 0.0
Ranked 160th.
0.00126 km/km²
Ranked 155th.
Marine Coastline 193 km
Ranked 141st.
19,924 km
Ranked 9th. 103 times more than Singapore
Freshwater > Withdrawal > Per capita 44 1600
Freshwater > Withdrawal > Total 0.19 477
Highest point elevation None
None
Environment > International agreements > Signed, but not ratified none of the selected agreements Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Biodiversity, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Hazardous Wastes
Highest town None Alma
Forested Land 3.3%
Ranked 170th.
24.7%
Ranked 108th. 7 times more than Singapore
Area > Water > Per capita 2.17 sq km per 1 million peo
Ranked 142nd.
2,187.8 sq km per 1 million peo
Ranked 20th. 1008 times more than Singapore

Area > Total > Per capita 0.15 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 226th.
32.34 sq km per 1,000 people
Ranked 62nd. 216 times more than Singapore

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total 0.19 cu km/yr
Ranked 141st.
478.4 cu km/yr
Ranked 3rd. 2518 times more than Singapore

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita 81.97 cu m/yr
Ranked 46th.
1,583 cu m/yr
Ranked 2nd. 19 times more than Singapore

Continent or sub continent Southeast Asia North America
Terrestrial protected areas > % of total land area 5.37%
Ranked 150th.
13.82%
Ranked 104th. 3 times more than Singapore

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita per million people 19.22 cu m/yr
Ranked 34th. 4 times more than United States
5.36 cu m/yr
Ranked 51st.

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita 81.97 cu m/yr
Ranked 46th.
1,583 cu m/yr
Ranked 2nd. 19 times more than Singapore

Agricultural land > % of land area 1.15%
Ranked 194th.
44.88%
Ranked 81st. 39 times more than Singapore

Low-lying areas > Elevation under 5 metres > % of land area 8.06%
Ranked 50th. 5 times more than United States
1.72%
Ranked 119th.

Arable land > % of land area 0.9%
Ranked 188th.
17.51%
Ranked 63th. 19 times more than Singapore

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total 0.19 cu km/yr
Ranked 141st.
478.4 cu km/yr
Ranked 3rd. 2518 times more than Singapore

Forest area > % of land area 3.3%
Ranked 168th.
33.12%
Ranked 81st. 10 times more than Singapore

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Per capita per million people 19.22 cu m/yr
Ranked 34th. 4 times more than United States
5.36 cu m/yr
Ranked 51st.

Population living in areas where elevation is below 5 meters > % of total population 12.05%
Ranked 57th. 3 times more than United States
4.1%
Ranked 115th.

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total per million people 0.0348 cu km/yr
Ranked 154th.
1.51 cu km/yr
Ranked 6th. 43 times more than Singapore

Terrestrial and marine protected areas > % of total territorial area 3.39%
Ranked 157th.
15.14%
Ranked 80th. 4 times more than Singapore

Freshwater withdrawal > Domestic/industrial/agricultural > Total per million people 0.0348 cu km/yr
Ranked 154th.
1.51 cu km/yr
Ranked 6th. 43 times more than Singapore

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The US would be among the first countries to draw one's attention on a world map due to its vast geographical extent comprising almost half of the North America continent. On the other hand, Singapore would take forever to spot it as it is only around four times the size of Washington, DC – the US capital.

The North American country is ranked among the countries with the highest population in the world. However, the US is also land of wide open spaces and population per unit area is considerably low compared to other countries ranking it among the less densely populated countries. Singapore scores very high in this aspect as it is the 3rd densest country in the world.

Interestingly, yet meaningfully, projects that tend to artificially expand Singapore by joining its islands via land reclamation are under way.

The two countries are also poles apart in terms of natural resources. Singapore's two main natural resources are fish and deep-water ports. There are no mining activities in the country due to its limited land area. On the other hand, US is rich in metals, coal and natural gas.

While Singapore has a tropical climate with only two seasons during the year, US is battered with all kinds of climates due to its wide latitudinal extent stretching from the freezing Alaska to the tropical Hawaiian islands.

Posted on 28 Mar 2014

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