If you lived in United States instead of Hong Kong, you would:

Health

live 2.9 years less

In Hong Kong, the average life expectancy is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020. In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

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 41.9% more likely to be unemployed

In Hong Kong, 3.1% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In United States, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.

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.

Life

have 47.6% more children

In Hong Kong, there are approximately 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In United States, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 96.3% more likely to die during infancy

In Hong Kong, approximately 2.7 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In United States, on the other hand, 5.3 children do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 51.5% more on education

Hong Kong spends 3.3% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

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

United States (sometimes abbreviated US or USA) is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,147,593 sq km. Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. Since the end of World War II, the economy has achieved relatively steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.
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