Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in United States instead of Macau, you would:


live 4.3 years less

In Macau, the average life expectancy is 85 years (82 years for men, 88 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.


make 51.0% less money

Macau has a GDP per capita of $122,000 as of 2018, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,800 as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed

In Macau, 2.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In United States, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.

pay a 3.3 times higher top tax rate

Macau has a top tax rate of 12.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.


have 57.0% more children

In Macau, there are approximately 7.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In United States, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 71.0% more likely to die during infancy

In Macau, approximately 3.1 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.


spend 85.2% more on education

Macau spends 2.7% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.


see 486.0 times more coastline

Macau has a total of 41 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.

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.

How big is United States compared to Macau? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Internal Revenue Service, The World Factbook, Secretariat for Economy and Finance.


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