Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 30.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Bulgaria, that number is 25.0% of people.

live 5.3 years less


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

Economy

spend 74.7% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Bulgaria, the top tax rate is 10.0%.

make 63.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Bulgaria, the GDP per capita is $21,700.

be 40.9% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Bulgaria, that number is 6.2%.

be 55.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Bulgaria, however, that number is 23.4%.

Life

be 21.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Bulgaria, 11.0 women do.

be 44.8% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, 8.4 children do.

have 30.4% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Bulgaria, there are 8.7 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 21.5% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Bulgaria, about 59.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 18.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Bulgaria spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 50.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Bulgaria, that number is 8.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.2% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Bulgaria, that number is 354 km.

Learn more about Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 108,489 sq km. The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Bulgaria 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, National Revenue Agency, Bulgaria, Internal Revenue Service.