Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in United States instead of New Caledonia, you would:


live 2.1 years longer

In New Caledonia, the average life expectancy is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women). In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women).


make 91.3% more money

New Caledonia has a GDP per capita of $31,100, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,500.

be 70.1% less likely to be unemployed

In New Caledonia, 14.7% of adults are unemployed. In United States, that number is 4.4%.

be 11.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In New Caledonia, 17.0% live below the poverty line. In United States, however, that number is 15.1%.


be 11.5% more likely to die during infancy

In New Caledonia, approximately 5.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In United States, on the other hand, 5.8 children do.

have 16.7% fewer children

In New Caledonia, there are approximately 15.0 babies per 1,000 people. In United States, there are 12.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 69.5% more likely to have access to electricity

In New Caledonia, 59% of the population has electricity access. In United States, 100% of the population do.


see 8.8 times more coastline

New Caledonia has a total of 2,254 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 New Caledonia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.


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