Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Iceland, you would:
live 3.0 years less
In Iceland, the average life expectancy is 83 years (81 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.
be 65.3% more likely to be obese
In Iceland, 21.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 14.6% more money
Iceland has a GDP per capita of $52,200 as of 2017, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,800 as of 2017.
pay a 14.5% lower top tax rate
Iceland has a top tax rate of 46.3% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
be 57.1% more likely to be unemployed
In Iceland, 2.8% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In United States, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.
be 4.8 times more likely to die during childbirth
In Iceland, approximately 4.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 2.5 times more likely to die during infancy
In Iceland, approximately 2.1 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.
be 11.9% less likely to have internet access
In Iceland, approximately 99.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In United States, about 87.3% do as of 2018.
spend 33.3% less on education
Iceland spends 7.5% of its total GDP on education as of 2016. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
see 4.0 times more coastline
Iceland has a total of 4,970 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, Directorate of Internal Revenue.
United States: At a glance
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