Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of France, you would:
live 2.0 years less
In France, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 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 67.6% more likely to be obese
In France, 21.6% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 43.3% more money
France has a GDP per capita of $42,000 as of 2020, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $60,200 as of 2020.
be 52.1% less likely to be unemployed
In France, 8.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In United States, that number is 3.9% as of 2018.
pay a 21.1% lower top tax rate
France has a top tax rate of 50.2% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
be 11.0% more likely to live below the poverty line
In France, 13.6% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
be 2.4 times more likely to die during childbirth
In France, approximately 8.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 64.1% more likely to die during infancy
In France, approximately 3.1 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 51.4% more on healthcare
France spends 11.1% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United States, that number is 16.8% of GDP as of 2019.
see 4.1 times more coastline
France has a total of 4,853 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, Internal Revenue Service.
United States: At a glance
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