Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 33.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Belize, that number is 24.1% of people as of 2016.

live 5.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Belize, that number is 75 years (74 years for men, 77 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 86.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Belize, the GDP per capita is $8,300 as of 2017.

be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Belize, that number is 9.0% as of 2017.

be 2.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Belize, however, that number is 41.0% as of 2013.

Life

have 77.4% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Belize, there are 22.0 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 89.5% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Belize, 36.0 women do as of 2017.

be 2.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Belize, on the other hand, 11.2 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 46.1% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Belize, about 47.1% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 48.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Belize spends 7.4% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 98.1% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Belize, that number is 386 km.

Belize: At a glance

Belize is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 22,806 sq km. Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in Central America.

How big is Belize 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.

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