Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Dominican Republic instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 23.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Dominican Republic, that number is 27.6% of people.

live 1.7 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Dominican Republic, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

spend 36.9% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Dominican Republic, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 71.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Dominican Republic, the GDP per capita is $16,900.

be 25.0% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Dominican Republic, that number is 5.5%.

be 2.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Dominican Republic, however, that number is 30.5%.

Life

have 47.2% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Dominican Republic, there are 18.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Dominican Republic, 92.0 women do.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Dominican Republic, on the other hand, 17.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 19.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Dominican Republic, about 61.3% do.

be 14.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Dominican Republic, that number is 85% of people on average (85% in urban areas, and 82% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 74.3% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Dominican Republic, that number is 4.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 93.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Dominican Republic, that number is 1,288 km.

Learn more about Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 48,320 sq km. The Taino - indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola prior to the arrival of the Europeans - divided the island into five chiefdoms and territories. Christopher COLUMBUS explored and claimed the island on his first voyage in 1492; it became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821 but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule followed, capped by the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas TRUJILLO from 1930 to 1961. Juan BOSCH was elected president in 1962 but was deposed in a military coup in 1963. In 1965, the United States led an intervention in the midst of a civil war sparked by an uprising to restore BOSCH. In 1966, Joaquin BALAGUER defeated BOSCH in an election to become president. BALAGUER maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. Former President Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna (first term 1996-2000) won election to a new term in 2004 following a constitutional amendment allowing presidents to serve more than one term, and was later reelected to a second consecutive term. In 2012, Danilo MEDINA Sanchez was elected president.

How big is Dominican Republic 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, Direccion General de Impuestos Internos.