United States compared to France

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If you moved to France from United States, you would..


make 26% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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France France ($42,400 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in France, the GDP per capita is $42,400.
Category: United States vs. France - GDP Per Capita

pay 26.8% more in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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France France (50.2% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In France, the top marginal tax rate is 50.2%.
Category: United States vs. France - Tax Rate

live 2 years longer


United States United States (79.8 years)
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France France (81.8 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In France, the average life expectancy is 81.8 years.
Category: United States vs. France - Life Expectancy

consume 46.6% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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France France (6,448 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In France, that number is 6,448 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. France - Electricity Consumption

be 46.4% less likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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France France (8.1% of people - 2012 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In France, that number is 8.1% of people.
Category: United States vs. France - Poverty Line

be 43.1% less likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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France France (3.3 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.3 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. France - Infant Mortality

be 2.1 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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France France (9.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.7% of people.
Category: United States vs. France - Unemployment

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Direction Générale des Finances Publiques.


How big is France compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


A brief history of France

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 643,801 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

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