Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Hong Kong, you would:
live 3.0 years less
In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 84 years (81 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 24.1% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Hong Kong, 19.9% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
be 32.8% more likely to be unemployed
In Hong Kong, 2.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In United States, that number is 3.9% as of 2018.
pay a 2.6 times higher top tax rate
Hong Kong has a top tax rate of 15.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
have 52.7% more children
In Hong Kong, there are approximately 8.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In United States, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 2.0 times more likely to die during infancy
In Hong Kong, approximately 2.5 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 13.6% more on education
Hong Kong spends 4.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2020. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
see 27.2 times more coastline
Hong Kong has a total of 733 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, Internal Revenue Service, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.
United States: At a glance
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