Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 44.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Bolivia, that number is 20.2% of people.

live 10.5 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Bolivia, that number is 70 years (67 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

spend 67.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Bolivia, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 87.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Bolivia, the GDP per capita is $7,500.

be 2.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Bolivia, however, that number is 38.6%.

Life

have 76.0% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Bolivia, there are 22.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 14.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Bolivia, 206.0 women do.

be 6.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bolivia, on the other hand, 35.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 10.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Bolivia, 90% of the population do.

be 47.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Bolivia, about 39.7% do.

Expenditures

spend 63.2% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bolivia, that number is 6.3% of GDP.

spend 46.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Bolivia spends 7.3% of total GDP on education.

Learn more about Bolivia

Bolivia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,083,301 sq km. Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and countercoups. Democratic civilian rule was established in 1982, but leaders have faced difficult problems of deep-seated poverty, social unrest, and illegal drug production. In December 2005, Bolivians elected Movement Toward Socialism leader Evo MORALES president - by the widest margin of any leader since the restoration of civilian rule in 1982 - after he ran on a promise to change the country's traditional political class and empower the nation's poor, indigenous majority. In December 2009, President MORALES easily won reelection, and his party took control of the legislative branch of the government, which will allow him to continue his process of change. In October 2011, the country held its first judicial elections to select judges for the four highest courts.

How big is Bolivia 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, Autoridad de Impugnación Tributaria (AIT), Bolivia.