Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 90.1% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Bangladesh, that number is 3.6% of people.

live 6.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Bangladesh, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

spend 24.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Bangladesh, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 92.9% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Bangladesh, the GDP per capita is $4,200.

be 60.9% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Bangladesh, however, that number is 24.3%.

Life

have 50.4% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Bangladesh, there are 18.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 12.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Bangladesh, 176.0 women do.

be 5.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bangladesh, on the other hand, 31.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Bangladesh, 60% of the population do.

be 76.1% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Bangladesh, about 18.2% do.

be 12.4% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Bangladesh, that number is 87% of people on average (86% in urban areas, and 87% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 50.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Bangladesh spends 2.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 83.6% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bangladesh, that number is 2.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.1% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Bangladesh, that number is 580 km.

Bangladesh: At a glance

Bangladesh is a sovereign country in South Asia, with a total land area of approximately 130,170 sq km. Muslim conversions and settlement in the region now referred to as Bangladesh began in the 10th century, primarily from Arab and Persian traders and preachers. Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area in the 16th century. Eventually the area known as Bengal, primarily Hindu in the western section and mostly Muslim in the eastern half, became part of British India. Partition in 1947 resulted in an eastern wing of Pakistan in the Muslim-majority area, which became East Pakistan. Calls for greater autonomy and animosity between the eastern and western wings of Pakistan led to a Bengali independence movement. That movement, led by the Awami League (AL) and supported by India, won independence for Bangladesh in a brief war in 1971, during which at least 300,000 civilians died. The post-independence, AL government faced daunting challenges and in 1975 was overthrown by the military, triggering a series of military coups that resulted in a military-backed government and subsequent creation of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). That government also ended in a coup in 1981, followed by military-backed rule until democratic elections in 1991. The BNP and AL have alternately held power since then, with the exception of a military-backed, emergency caretaker regime that suspended parliamentary elections planned for January 2007 in an effort to reform the political system and root out corruption. That government returned the country to fully democratic rule in December 2008 with the election of the AL and Prime Minister Sheikh HASINA. In January 2014, the AL won the national election by an overwhelming majority after the BNP boycotted, extending HASINA's term as prime minister. With the help of international development assistance, Bangladesh has made great progress in food security since independence, and the economy has grown at an average of about 6 percent over the last two decades.

How big is Bangladesh 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, Internal Revenue Service, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Bangladesh.

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