Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Ireland, you would:
live 1.1 years less
In Ireland, the average life expectancy is 82 years (79 years for men, 84 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 43.1% more likely to be obese
In Ireland, 25.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
be 21.9% less likely to be unemployed
In Ireland, 5.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In United States, that number is 3.9% as of 2018.
pay a 17.5% lower top tax rate
Ireland has a top tax rate of 48.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
make 32.9% less money
Ireland has a GDP per capita of $89,700 as of 2020, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $60,200 as of 2020.
be 15.3% more likely to live below the poverty line
In Ireland, 13.1% live below the poverty line as of 2018. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
be 3.8 times more likely to die during childbirth
In Ireland, approximately 5.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 49.0% more likely to die during infancy
In Ireland, approximately 3.5 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 47.1% more on education
Ireland spends 3.4% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
spend 2.5 times more on healthcare
Ireland spends 6.7% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United States, that number is 16.8% of GDP as of 2019.
see 13.8 times more coastline
Ireland has a total of 1,448 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, The Office of the Revenue Commissioners.
United States: At a glance
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