Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 44.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Armenia, that number is 20.2% of people.

live 5.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Armenia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

make 84.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Armenia, the GDP per capita is $9,500.

be 4.3 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Armenia, that number is 18.9%.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Armenia, however, that number is 32.0%.

Life

be 78.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Armenia, 25.0 women do.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Armenia, on the other hand, 12.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 18.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Armenia, about 62.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 44.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Armenia spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 73.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Armenia, that number is 4.5% of GDP.

Learn more about Armenia

Armenia is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 28,203 sq km. Armenia prides itself on being the first nation to formally adopt Christianity (early 4th century). Despite periods of autonomy, over the centuries Armenia came under the sway of various empires including the Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Persian, and Ottoman. During World War I in the western portion of Armenia, Ottoman Turkey instituted a policy of forced resettlement coupled with other harsh practices that resulted in at least 1 million Armenian deaths. The eastern area of Armenia was ceded by the Ottomans to Russia in 1828; this portion declared its independence in 1918, but was conquered by the Soviet Red Army in 1920. Armenian leaders remain preoccupied by the long conflict with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a primarily Armenian-populated region, assigned to Soviet Azerbaijan in the 1920s by Moscow. Armenia and Azerbaijan began fighting over the area in 1988; the struggle escalated after both countries attained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By May 1994, when a cease-fire took hold, ethnic Armenian forces held not only Nagorno-Karabakh but also a significant portion of Azerbaijan proper. The economies of both sides have been hurt by their inability to make substantial progress toward a peaceful resolution. Turkey closed the common border with Armenia in 1993 in support of Azerbaijan in its conflict with Armenia over control of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas, further hampering Armenian economic growth. In 2009, senior Armenian leaders began pursuing rapprochement with Turkey, aiming to secure an opening of the border, but Turkey has not yet ratified the Protocols normalizing relations between the two countries. In September 2013, President SARGSIAN announced Armenia would join Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan as a member of the Eurasian Economic Union.

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