Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 2.3 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Italy, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 45.0% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Italy, that number is 19.9% of people.

Economy

make 36.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Italy, the GDP per capita is $38,100.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Italy, that number is 11.1%.

be 98.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Italy, however, that number is 29.9%.

spend 23.2% more on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Italy, the top tax rate is 48.8%.

Life

be 71.4% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Italy, 4.0 women do.

be 43.1% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Italy, on the other hand, 3.3 children do.

have 31.2% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Italy, there are 8.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 19.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Italy, about 61.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 18.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Italy spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 46.2% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Italy, that number is 9.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 61.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Italy, that number is 7,600 km.

Learn more about Italy

Italy is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 294,140 sq km. Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the regional states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI established a Fascist dictatorship. His alliance with Nazi Germany led to Italy's defeat in World War II. A democratic republic replaced the monarchy in 1946 and economic revival followed. Italy is a charter member of NATO and the European Economic Community (EEC). It has been at the forefront of European economic and political unification, joining the Economic and Monetary Union in 1999. Persistent problems include sluggish economic growth, high youth and female unemployment, organized crime, corruption, and economic disparities between southern Italy and the more prosperous north.

How big is Italy 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, Italian Revenue Agency, Internal Revenue Service.