Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 1.9 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Canada, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 18.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Canada, that number is 29.4% of people.

Economy

be 37.7% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Canada, however, that number is 9.4%.

spend 16.7% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Canada, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 18.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Canada, the GDP per capita is $48,300.

be 47.7% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Canada, that number is 6.5%.

Life

be 50.0% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Canada, 7.0 women do.

be 22.4% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Canada, on the other hand, 4.5 children do.

have 17.6% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Canada, there are 10.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.8% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Canada, about 89.8% do.

Expenditures

spend 39.2% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Canada, that number is 10.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 10.1 times more coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Canada, that number is 202,080 km.

Learn more about Canada

Canada is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,093,507 sq km. A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across the world's longest unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

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


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