Quality of life comparison
If you lived in Hong Kong instead of United States, you would:
live 2.9 years longer
In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Hong Kong, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2020.
be 29.5% less likely to be unemployed
In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Hong Kong, that number is 3.1% as of 2017.
pay a 62.1% lower top tax rate
United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Hong Kong, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.
be 31.8% more likely to live below the poverty line
In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Hong Kong, however, that number is 19.9% as of 2016.
be 49.1% less likely to die during infancy
In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Hong Kong, on the other hand, 2.7 children do as of 2020.
have 32.3% fewer children
In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Hong Kong, there are 8.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
spend 34.0% less on education
United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Hong Kong spends 3.3% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
see 96.3% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Hong Kong, that number is 733 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Inland Revenue Department, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong: At a glance
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