Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in El Salvador instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 32.0% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In El Salvador, that number is 24.6% of people.

live 5.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In El Salvador, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

spend 24.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In El Salvador, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 85.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in El Salvador, the GDP per capita is $8,900.

be 59.1% more likely to be unemployed


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

be 2.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In El Salvador, however, that number is 32.7%.

Life

have 29.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In El Salvador, there are 16.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In El Salvador, 54.0 women do.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In El Salvador, on the other hand, 16.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 61.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In El Salvador, about 29.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 30.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. El Salvador spends 3.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 60.2% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In El Salvador, that number is 6.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In El Salvador, that number is 307 km.

Learn more about El Salvador

El Salvador is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 20,721 sq km. El Salvador achieved independence from Spain in 1821 and from the Central American Federation in 1839. A 12-year civil war, which cost about 75,000 lives, was brought to a close in 1992 when the government and leftist rebels signed a treaty that provided for military and political reforms.

How big is El Salvador 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, Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Service.