Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 17.7% less likely to be obese

In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Bahrain, that number is 29.8% of people.

live 1.0 years less

In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Bahrain, that number is 79 years (77 years for men, 81 years for women).


be 13.6% less likely to be unemployed

In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Bahrain, that number is 3.8%.

make 18.5% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Bahrain, the GDP per capita is $48,500.


be 53.4% more likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bahrain, on the other hand, 8.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 28.6% more likely to have internet access

In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Bahrain, about 98.0% do.


spend 46.0% less on education

United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Bahrain spends 2.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 70.8% less on healthcare

United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bahrain, that number is 5.0% of GDP.


see 99.2% less coastline

United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Bahrain, that number is 161 km.

Learn more about Bahrain

Bahrain is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 760 sq km. In 1783, the Sunni Al-Khalifa family took power in Bahrain. In order to secure these holdings, it entered into a series of treaties with the UK during the 19th century that made Bahrain a British protectorate. The archipelago attained its independence in 1971. Facing declining oil reserves, Bahrain has turned to petroleum processing and refining and has become an international banking center. Bahrain's small size and central location among Gulf countries require it to play a delicate balancing act in foreign affairs among its larger neighbors. The Sunni-led government has struggled to manage relations with its large Shia-majority population. In early 2011, amid Arab uprisings elsewhere in the region, the Bahraini Government confronted similar protests at home with police and military action, including deploying Gulf Cooperation Council security forces to Bahrain. Sporadic clashes between demonstrators and security forces continue in Bahrain. Ongoing dissatisfaction with the political status quo has led to a broader discussion termed the Bahrain National Dialogue, a process that convenes members of the executive, parliament, and political societies in an attempt to reach a political agreement.

How big is Bahrain 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.