Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 41.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Guatemala, that number is 21.2% of people.

live 7.4 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Guatemala, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

be 47.7% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3%.

spend 82.3% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0%.

make 86.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,100.

be 3.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3%.

Life

have 92.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Guatemala, there are 24.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Guatemala, 88.0 women do.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Guatemala, 78% of the population do.

be 54.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Guatemala, about 34.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 44.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 63.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Guatemala, that number is 6.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Guatemala, that number is 400 km.

Learn more about Guatemala

Guatemala is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 107,159 sq km. The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

How big is Guatemala 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, Superintendence of the Tax Administration.