Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Canada, you would:
live 3.2 years less
In Canada, the average life expectancy is 84 years (82 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022. In United States, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2022.
be 23.1% more likely to be obese
In Canada, 29.4% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 31.2% more money
Canada has a GDP per capita of $45,900 as of 2020, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $60,200 as of 2020.
be 31.4% less likely to be unemployed
In Canada, 5.7% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In United States, that number is 3.9% as of 2018.
be 60.6% more likely to live below the poverty line
In Canada, 9.4% live below the poverty line as of 2008. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
pay a 20.0% higher top tax rate
Canada has a top tax rate of 33.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
have 20.7% more children
In Canada, there are approximately 10.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In United States, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 90.0% more likely to die during childbirth
In Canada, approximately 10.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 18.0% more likely to die during infancy
In Canada, approximately 4.4 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In United States, on the other hand, 5.2 children do as of 2022.
spend 55.6% more on healthcare
Canada spends 10.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United States, that number is 16.8% of GDP as of 2019.
see 90.1% less coastline
Canada has a total of 202,080 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Internal Revenue Service, The World Factbook, Canada Revenue Agency.
United States: At a glance
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