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 as of 2016. In Guatemala, that number is 21.2% of people as of 2016.

live 7.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Guatemala, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 74 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 47.7% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Guatemala, that number is 2.3% as of 2017.

pay a 82.3% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Guatemala, the top tax rate is 7.0% as of 2016.

make 86.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Guatemala, the GDP per capita is $8,200 as of 2017.

be 3.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Guatemala, however, that number is 59.3% as of 2014.

Life

have 87.9% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Guatemala, there are 23.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 5.0 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 Guatemala, 95.0 women do as of 2017.

be 4.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Guatemala, on the other hand, 21.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 25.5% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Guatemala, about 65.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 44.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Guatemala spends 2.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 98.0% less coastline


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

Guatemala: At a glance

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.

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