Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 38.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Colombia, that number is 22.3% of people.

live 4.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Colombia, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

spend 16.7% less on taxes


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

make 75.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Colombia, the GDP per capita is $14,500.

be 2.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Colombia, that number is 10.5%.

be 85.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Colombia, however, that number is 28.0%.

Life

have 28.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Colombia, there are 16.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Colombia, 64.0 women do.

be 2.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Colombia, on the other hand, 13.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 23.8% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Colombia, about 58.1% do.

Expenditures

spend 10.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Colombia spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 57.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Colombia, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 83.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Colombia, that number is 3,208 km.

Learn more about Colombia

Colombia is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,038,700 sq km. Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A nearly five-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government, but continue attacks against civilians. Large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. In November 2012, the Colombian Government started formal peace negotiations with the FARC aimed at reaching a definitive bilateral ceasefire and incorporating demobilized FARC members into mainstream society and politics. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. Despite decades of internal conflict and drug related security challenges, Colombia maintains relatively strong democratic institutions characterized by peaceful, transparent elections and the protection of civil liberties.

How big is Colombia 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, Directorate of National Taxes and Customs (DIAN).