Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 30.2% more likely to be obese


In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people.

Economy

make 34.9% more money


United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $44,100, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,500.

spend 12.0% less on taxes


United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6%.

Life

be 55.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In United Kingdom, approximately 9.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In United States, 14.0 women do.

be 34.9% more likely to die during infancy


In United Kingdom, approximately 4.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In United States, on the other hand, 5.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 19.6% less likely to have internet access


In United Kingdom, approximately 94.8% of the population has internet access. In United States, about 76.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 10.7% less on education


United Kingdom spends 5.6% of its total GDP on education. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 87.9% more on healthcare


United Kingdom spends 9.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In United States, that number is 17.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 60.3% more coastline


United Kingdom has a total of 12,429 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.

Learn more about United States

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 United Kingdom? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, HM Revenue & Customs.