Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 5.2 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Jordan, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

spend 49.5% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Jordan, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 79.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Jordan, the GDP per capita is $12,500.

be 4.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Jordan, that number is 18.5%.

Life

have 91.2% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Jordan, there are 23.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Jordan, 58.0 women do.

be 2.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Jordan, on the other hand, 14.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 18.2% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Jordan, about 62.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 22.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Jordan spends 3.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 56.1% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Jordan, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 99.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Jordan, that number is 26 km.

Learn more about Jordan

Jordan is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 88,802 sq km. Following World War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the League of Nations awarded Britain the mandate to govern much of the Middle East. Britain demarcated a semi-autonomous region of Transjordan from Palestine in the early 1920s. The area gained its independence in 1946 and thereafter became The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The country's long-time ruler, King HUSSEIN (1953-99), successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population. Jordan lost the West Bank to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. King HUSSEIN in 1988 permanently relinquished Jordanian claims to the West Bank; in 1994 he signed a peace treaty with Israel. King ABDALLAH II, King HUSSEIN's eldest son, assumed the throne following his father's death in 1999. He implemented modest political and economic reforms, but in the wake of the "Arab Revolution" across the Middle East, Jordanians continue to press for further political liberalization, government reforms, and economic improvements. In January 2014, Jordan assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

How big is Jordan compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


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