Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 39.0% less likely to be obese


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

live 5.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Brazil, that number is 75 years (71 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 72.2% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Brazil, however, that number is 4.2% as of 2016.

pay a 30.6% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Brazil, the top tax rate is 27.5% as of 2016.

make 73.9% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Brazil, the GDP per capita is $15,600 as of 2017.

be 2.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Brazil, that number is 12.8% as of 2017.

Life

be 3.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Brazil, 60.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.0 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 Brazil, on the other hand, 15.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 31.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Brazil, about 59.7% do as of 2016.

Expenditures

spend 24.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Brazil spends 6.2% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Geography

see 62.4% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Brazil, that number is 7,491 km.

Brazil: At a glance

Brazil is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 8,358,140 sq km. Following more than three centuries under Portuguese rule, Brazil gained its independence in 1822, maintaining a monarchical system of government until the abolition of slavery in 1888 and the subsequent proclamation of a republic by the military in 1889. Brazilian coffee exporters politically dominated the country until populist leader Getulio VARGAS rose to power in 1930. By far the largest and most populous country in South America, Brazil underwent more than a half century of populist and military government until 1985, when the military regime peacefully ceded power to civilian rulers. Brazil continues to pursue industrial and agricultural growth and development of its interior. Exploiting vast natural resources and a large labor pool, it is today South America's leading economic power and a regional leader, one of the first in the area to begin an economic recovery. High income inequality and crime remain pressing problems, as well as recent years' slow down in economic growth.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Secretaria da Receita Federal do Brasil, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.

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