Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 40.1% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Georgia, that number is 21.7% of people.

live 3.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Georgia, that number is 76 years (72 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

be 39.1% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Georgia, however, that number is 9.2%.

spend 49.5% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Georgia, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 82.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Georgia, the GDP per capita is $10,700.

be 2.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Georgia, that number is 11.5%.

Life

be 2.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Georgia, 36.0 women do.

be 2.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Georgia, on the other hand, 15.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 34.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Georgia, about 50.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 24.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Georgia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 56.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Georgia, that number is 7.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.4% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Georgia, that number is 310 km.

Learn more about Georgia

Georgia is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 69,700 sq km. The region of present day Georgia contained the ancient kingdoms of Colchis and Kartli-Iberia. The area came under Roman influence in the first centuries A.D., and Christianity became the state religion in the 330s. Domination by Persians, Arabs, and Turks was followed by a Georgian golden age (11th-13th centuries) that was cut short by the Mongol invasion of 1236. Subsequently, the Ottoman and Persian empires competed for influence in the region. Georgia was absorbed into the Russian Empire in the 19th century. Independent for three years (1918-1921) following the Russian revolution, it was forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1921 and regained its independence when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. Mounting public discontent over rampant corruption and ineffective government services, followed by an attempt by the incumbent Georgian Government to manipulate national legislative elections in November 2003 touched off widespread protests that led to the resignation of Eduard SHEVARDNADZE, president since 1995. In the aftermath of that popular movement, which became known as the "Rose Revolution," new elections in early 2004 swept Mikheil SAAKASHVILI into power along with his United National Movement (UNM) party. Progress on market reforms and democratization has been made in the years since independence, but this progress has been complicated by Russian assistance and support to the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Periodic flare-ups in tension and violence culminated in a five-day conflict in August 2008 between Russia and Georgia, including the invasion of large portions of undisputed Georgian territory. Russian troops pledged to pull back from most occupied Georgian territory, but in late August 2008 Russia unilaterally recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Russian military forces remain in those regions. Billionaire philanthropist Bidzina IVANISHVILI's unexpected entry into politics in October 2011 brought the divided opposition together under his Georgian Dream coalition, which won a majority of seats in the October 2012 parliamentary election and removed UNM from power. Conceding defeat, SAAKASHVILI named IVANISHVILI as prime minister and allowed Georgian Dream to create a new government. Georgian Dream's Giorgi MARGVELASHVILI was inaugurated as president on 17 November 2013, ending a tense year of power-sharing between SAAKASHVILI and IVANISHVILI. IVANISHVILI voluntarily resigned from office after the presidential succession, and Georgia's legislature on 20 November 2013 confirmed Irakli GARIBASHVILI as his replacement. Georgia's recent elections represent unique examples of a former Soviet state that emerged to conduct democratic and peaceful government transitions of power. Popular and government support for integration with the West is high in Georgia. Joining the EU and NATO are among the country's top foreign policy goals.

How big is Georgia 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, Georgia Department of Revenue.