Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 2.3 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Australia, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 19.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Australia, that number is 29.0% of people.

Economy

make 15.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Australia, the GDP per capita is $50,300.

be 27.3% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Australia, that number is 5.6%.

spend 13.6% more on taxes


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

Life

be 57.1% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Australia, 6.0 women do.

be 25.9% less likely to die during infancy


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

Basic Needs

be 15.7% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Australia, about 88.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 45.0% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Australia, that number is 9.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 29.3% more coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Australia, that number is 25,760 km.

Learn more about Australia

Australia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 7,682,300 sq km. Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Six colonies were created in the late 18th and 19th centuries; they federated and became the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901. The new country took advantage of its natural resources to rapidly develop agricultural and manufacturing industries and to make a major contribution to the Allied effort in World Wars I and II. In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include aging of the population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. Australia is home to 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world. In January 2013, Australia assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2013-14 term.

How big is Australia compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Australian Taxation Office, Internal Revenue Service.