Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 22.7% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Chile, that number is 28.0% of people.

live 1.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Chile, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

make 58.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Chile, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

be 59.1% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Chile, that number is 7.0%.

Life

be 57.1% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Chile, 22.0 women do.

be 13.8% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Chile, on the other hand, 6.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 13.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Chile, about 66.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 54.4% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Chile, that number is 7.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 67.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Chile, that number is 6,435 km.

Learn more about Chile

Chile is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 743,812 sq km. Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, the Inca ruled northern Chile while the Mapuche inhabited central and southern Chile. Although Chile declared its independence in 1810, decisive victory over the Spanish was not achieved until 1818. In the War of the Pacific (1879-83), Chile defeated Peru and Bolivia and won its present northern regions. It was not until the 1880s that the Mapuche were brought under central government control. After a series of elected governments, the three-year-old Marxist government of Salvador ALLENDE was overthrown in 1973 by a military coup led by Augusto PINOCHET, who ruled until a freely elected president was inaugurated in 1990. Sound economic policies, maintained consistently since the 1980s, contributed to steady growth, reduced poverty rates by over half, and helped secure the country's commitment to democratic and representative government. Chile has increasingly assumed regional and international leadership roles befitting its status as a stable, democratic nation. In January 2014, Chile assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

How big is Chile 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.