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

Health

be 45.0% less likely to be obese

In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ecuador, that number is 19.9% of people as of 2016.

live 3.1 years less

In United States, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2022. In Ecuador, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 11.6% lower top tax rate

United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Ecuador, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

make 82.9% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $60,200 as of 2020, while in Ecuador, the GDP per capita is $10,300 as of 2020.

be 46.8% more likely to be unemployed

In United States, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2018. In Ecuador, that number is 5.7% as of 2019.

be 65.6% more likely to live below the poverty line

In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Ecuador, however, that number is 25.0% as of 2019.

Life

have 34.0% more children

In United States, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In Ecuador, there are 16.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during childbirth

In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Ecuador, 59.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.5 times more likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.2 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In Ecuador, on the other hand, 18.1 children do as of 2022.

Basic Needs

be 28.6% less likely to have internet access

In United States, approximately 91.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In Ecuador, about 65.0% do as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 18.0% less on education

United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Ecuador spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2020.

spend 53.6% less on healthcare

United States spends 16.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In Ecuador, that number is 7.8% of GDP as of 2019.

Geography

see 88.8% less coastline

United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Ecuador, that number is 2,237 km.


The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Servicio de Rentas Internas del Ecuador.

Ecuador: At a glance

Ecuador is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 276,841 sq km. What is now Ecuador formed part of the northern Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in 1533. Quito became a seat of Spanish colonial government in 1563 and part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1717. The territories of the Viceroyalty - New Granada (Colombia), Venezuela, and Quito - gained their independence between 1819 and 1822 and formed a federation known as Gran Colombia. When Quito withdrew in 1830, the traditional name was changed in favor of the "Republic of the Equator." Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A border war with Peru that flared in 1995 was resolved in 1999. Although Ecuador marked 30 years of civilian governance in 2004, the period was marred by political instability. Protests in Quito contributed to the mid-term ouster of three of Ecuador's last four democratically elected presidents. In late 2008, voters approved a new constitution, Ecuador's 20th since gaining independence. General elections were held in February 2013, and voters re-elected President Rafael CORREA.
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