Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 85.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Laos, that number is 5.3% of people as of 2016.

live 14.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Laos, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 84.1% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Laos, that number is 0.7% as of 2017.

pay a 39.4% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Laos, the top tax rate is 24.0% as of 2016.

make 87.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Laos, the GDP per capita is $7,400 as of 2017.

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


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Laos, however, that number is 22.0% as of 2013.

Life

have 80.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Laos, there are 22.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 9.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Laos, 185.0 women do as of 2017.

be 8.6 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Laos, on the other hand, 45.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 12.9% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Laos, 87% of the population do as of 2016.

be 70.8% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Laos, about 25.5% do as of 2018.

be 17.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Laos, that number is 82% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 77% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 42.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Laos spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Laos: At a glance

Laos is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 230,800 sq km. Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual, limited return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997 and the WTO in 2013.

How big is Laos 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, Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Service.

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