Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of United Kingdom, you would:
live 1.3 years less
In United Kingdom, the average life expectancy is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 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 30.2% more likely to be obese
In United Kingdom, 27.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 44.7% more money
United Kingdom has a GDP per capita of $41,600 as of 2020, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $60,200 as of 2020.
be 18.8% less likely to live below the poverty line
In United Kingdom, 18.6% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
pay a 12.0% lower top tax rate
United Kingdom has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
be 22.7% more likely to be unemployed
In United Kingdom, 3.2% of adults are unemployed as of 2019. In United States, that number is 3.9% as of 2018.
have 13.8% more children
In United Kingdom, there are approximately 10.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In United States, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 2.7 times more likely to die during childbirth
In United Kingdom, approximately 7.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 35.3% more likely to die during infancy
In United Kingdom, approximately 3.8 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 64.7% more on healthcare
United Kingdom spends 10.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United States, that number is 16.8% of GDP as of 2019.
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.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, HM Revenue & Customs.
United States: At a glance
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