As the grim tallies from Syria continue to grow, the numbers become harder and harder to comprehend. In a country smaller than Nebraska, tens of thousands have been killed and nearly 2 million have fled in search of safer surroundings. A million Syrian children are now refugees. Syria has 12 times the population of Nebraska, but in an effort to bring some of the numbers into perspective, we looked at what our state would experience if it underwent a crisis of similar proportion.
Syria's total refugees
That's 8.8 percent of the country's population, and more than the total population of Nebraska. If it were Nebraska: 8.8 percent of the state would mean 163,000 refugees, more than Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Ralston, Kearney and Fremont combined.
Syria's child refugees
That's about 11 percent of the country's children and more than twice the total number of kids in Nebraska. If it were Nebraska: 11 percent of the state's children would be about 50,000 kids, or around half the children in Omaha.
People killed in Syria
That's 0.47 percent of Syria's population and more than twice the population of Bellevue. If it were Nebraska: If 0.47 percent of Nebraskans were killed, the state would lose 8,700 people, a number 167 times the state's 2012 homicide rate.
Syria's annual inflation rate
215% and growing
The U.S. is running about 2% this year. If it were Nebraska: The state's 2012 median household income of about $50,700 would now be worth only about $16,100.
Sources: U.N. High Commission on Refugees, U.S. Census Bureau, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights