Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.5 years longer

In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Israel, that number is 82 years (81 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 27.9% less likely to be obese

In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Israel, that number is 26.1% of people.


make 39.0% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Israel, the GDP per capita is $36,300.

be 45.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line

In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Israel, however, that number is 22.0%.

spend 26.3% more on taxes

United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Israel, the top tax rate is 50.0%.


be 64.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Israel, 5.0 women do.

be 41.4% less likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Israel, on the other hand, 3.4 children do.

have 44.8% more children

In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Israel, there are 18.1 babies per 1,000 people.


spend 54.4% less on healthcare

United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Israel, that number is 7.8% of GDP.

spend 14.0% more on education

United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Israel spends 5.7% of total GDP on education.


see 98.6% less coastline

United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Israel, that number is 273 km.

Israel: At a glance

Israel is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 20,330 sq km. Following World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of Palestine, and the UN proposed partitioning the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs. Nonetheless, an Israeli state was declared in 1948 and the Israelis subsequently defeated the Arabs in a series of wars without ending the deep tensions between the two sides. (The territories Israel occupied since the 1967 war are not included in the Israel country profile, unless otherwise noted.) On 25 April 1982, Israel withdrew from the Sinai pursuant to the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. In keeping with the framework established at the Madrid Conference in October 1991, bilateral negotiations were conducted between Israel and Palestinian representatives and Syria to achieve a permanent settlement. Israel and Palestinian officials signed on 13 September 1993 a Declaration of Principles (also known as the "Oslo Accords"), enshrining the idea of a two-state solution to their conflict and guiding an interim period of Palestinian self-rule. Outstanding territorial and other disputes with Jordan were resolved in the 26 October 1994 Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace. Progress toward a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians was undermined by Israeli-Palestinian violence between 2001 and February 2005. Israel in 2005 unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip, evacuating settlers and its military while retaining control over most points of entry into the Gaza Strip. The election of HAMAS to head the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 froze relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). In 2006 Israel engaged in a 34-day conflict with Hizballah in Lebanon in June-August 2006 and a 23-day conflict with HAMAS in the Gaza Strip during December 2008 and January 2009. Direct talks with the Palestinians launched in September 2010 collapsed following the expiration of Israel's 10-month partial settlement construction moratorium in the West Bank. In November 2012, Israel engaged in a seven-day conflict with HAMAS in the Gaza Strip. Prime Minister Binyamin NETANYAHU formed a coalition government in March 2013 following general elections in January 2013. Direct talks with the Palestinians resumed in July 2013 and but were suspended in late April 2014.

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


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