Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Japan, you would:
live 4.2 years less
In Japan, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 88 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 8.4 times more likely to be obese
In Japan, 4.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 45.4% more money
Japan has a GDP per capita of $41,400 as of 2019, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $60,200 as of 2020.
pay a 29.2% lower top tax rate
Japan has a top tax rate of 56.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
be 64.8% more likely to be unemployed
In Japan, 2.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In United States, that number is 3.9% as of 2018.
have 76.7% more children
In Japan, there are approximately 7.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In United States, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 3.8 times more likely to die during childbirth
In Japan, 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 2.7 times more likely to die during infancy
In Japan, approximately 1.9 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 56.2% more on education
Japan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
spend 57.0% more on healthcare
Japan spends 10.7% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United States, that number is 16.8% of GDP as of 2019.
see 33.0% less coastline
Japan has a total of 29,751 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, National Tax Agency Japan.
United States: At a glance
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