Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Qatar instead of United States, you would:

make 2.3 times more money


United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Qatar ($129,700 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Qatar, the GDP per capita is $129,700.
Category: United States vs. Qatar - GDP Per Capita

pay 100% less in taxes


United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Qatar (0% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)

In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Qatar, the top marginal tax rate is 0%.
Category: United States vs. Qatar - Tax Rate

consume 24.7% more electricty


United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Qatar (15,055 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Qatar, that number is 15,055 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Qatar - Electricity Consumption

have 22.4% fewer children


United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Qatar (9.7 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Qatar, that number is 9.7 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Qatar - Birth Rate

be 85.1% less likely to be unemployed


United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Qatar (0.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Qatar, that number is 0.7% of people.
Category: United States vs. Qatar - Unemployment

see 97.2% less coastline


United States (19,924 km)
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Qatar (563 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Qatar, that number is 563 km.
Category: United States vs. Qatar - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Public Revenues and Tax Department, Qatar.


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A brief history of Qatar

Qatar is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 11,586 sq km. Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the Amir, who had ruled the country since 1972. His son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew the father in a bloodless coup in 1995. In short order, HAMAD oversaw the creation of the pan-Arab satellite news network Al-Jazeera and Qatar's pursuit of a leadership role in mediating regional conflicts. In the 2000s, Qatar resolved its longstanding border disputes with both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar has not experienced domestic unrest or violence like that seen in other Near Eastern and North African countries in 2010-11, due in part to its immense wealth. Since the outbreak of regional unrest, however, Doha has prided itself on its support for many of these popular revolutions, particularly in Libya and Syria. In mid-2013, HAMAD transferred power to his 33 year-old son, TAMIM bin Hamad - a peaceful abdication rare in the history of Arab Gulf states. TAMIM has prioritized improving the domestic welfare of Qataris, including establishing advanced healthcare and education systems and expanding the country's infrastructure in anticipation of Doha's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

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