Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in United States instead of North Korea, you would:


live 9.3 years longer

In North Korea, the average life expectancy is 71 years (67 years for men, 75 years for women). In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 5.3 times more likely to be obese

In North Korea, 6.8% of adults are obese. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people.


make 35.0 times more money

North Korea has a GDP per capita of $1,700, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,500.

be 82.8% less likely to be unemployed

In North Korea, 25.6% of adults are unemployed. In United States, that number is 4.4%.


be 82.9% less likely to die during childbirth

In North Korea, approximately 82.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In United States, 14.0 women do.

be 73.8% less likely to die during infancy

In North Korea, approximately 22.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In United States, on the other hand, 5.8 children do.

have 14.4% fewer children

In North Korea, there are approximately 14.6 babies per 1,000 people. In United States, there are 12.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.3 times more likely to have access to electricity

In North Korea, 30% of the population has electricity access. In United States, 100% of the population do.


see 8.0 times more coastline

North Korea has a total of 2,495 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 North Korea? 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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