Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 16.0% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Iraq, that number is 30.4% 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 Iraq, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

spend 62.1% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Iraq, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

make 71.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Iraq, the GDP per capita is $17,000.

be 3.6 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Iraq, that number is 16.0%.

be 52.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Iraq, however, that number is 23.0%.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Iraq, there are 30.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Iraq, 50.0 women do.

be 6.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Iraq, on the other hand, 37.5 children do.

Basic Needs

be 72.2% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Iraq, about 21.2% do.

be 12.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Iraq, that number is 87% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 70% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 67.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Iraq, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 99.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Iraq, that number is 58 km.

Learn more about Iraq

Iraq is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 437,367 sq km. Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was SADDAM Husayn. Territorial disputes with Iran led to an inconclusive and costly eight-year war (1980-88). In August 1990, Iraq seized Kuwait but was expelled by US-led, UN coalition forces during the Gulf War of January-February 1991. Following Kuwait's liberation, the UN Security Council (UNSC) required Iraq to scrap all weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles and to allow UN verification inspections. Continued Iraqi noncompliance with UNSC resolutions over a period of 12 years led to the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 and the ouster of the SADDAM Husayn regime. US forces remained in Iraq under a UNSC mandate through 2009 and under a bilateral security agreement thereafter, helping to provide security and to train and mentor Iraqi security forces. In October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution in a national referendum and, pursuant to this document, elected a 275-member Council of Representatives (COR) in December 2005. The COR approved most cabinet ministers in May 2006, marking the transition to Iraq's first constitutional government in nearly a half century. In January 2009 and April 2013, Iraq held elections for provincial councils in all governorates except for the three governorates comprising the Kurdistan Regional Government and Kirkuk Governorate. Iraq held a national legislative election in March 2010 - choosing 325 legislators in an expanded COR - and, after nine months of deadlock the COR approved the new government in December 2010. Nearly nine years after the start of the Second Gulf War in Iraq, US military operations there ended in mid-December 2011.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Service.