Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 1.1 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Belgium, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.

be 39.0% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belgium, that number is 22.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 22.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Belgium, the GDP per capita is $46,600 as of 2017.

be 61.4% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belgium, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

pay a 35.6% higher top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Belgium, the top tax rate is 53.7% as of 2016.

Life

be 73.7% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belgium, 5.0 women do as of 2017.

be 37.7% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Belgium, on the other hand, 3.3 children do as of 2020.

have 10.5% fewer children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belgium, there are 11.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 30.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Belgium spends 6.5% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 99.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Belgium, that number is 66 km.

Belgium: At a glance

Belgium is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 30,278 sq km. Belgium became independent from the Netherlands in 1830; it was occupied by Germany during World Wars I and II. The country prospered in the past half century as a modern, technologically advanced European state and member of NATO and the EU. Political divisions between the Dutch-speaking Flemings of the north and the French-speaking Walloons of the south have led in recent years to constitutional amendments granting these regions formal recognition and autonomy. Its capital, Brussels, is home to numerous international organizations including the EU and NATO.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Service Public Fédéral Finances, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.

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