Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 11.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Lebanon, that number is 32.0% of people as of 2016.

live 2.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Lebanon, that number is 78 years (77 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 49.5% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Lebanon, the top tax rate is 20.0% as of 2016.

make 67.2% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Lebanon, the GDP per capita is $19,600 as of 2017.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Lebanon, that number is 9.7% as of 2007.

be 89.4% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Lebanon, however, that number is 28.6% as of 2004.

Life

be 52.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Lebanon, 29.0 women do as of 2017.

be 28.3% 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 Lebanon, on the other hand, 6.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 10.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Lebanon, about 78.2% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 50.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Lebanon spends 2.5% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 98.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Lebanon, that number is 225 km.

Lebanon: At a glance

Lebanon is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 10,230 sq km. Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French demarcated the region of Lebanon in 1920 and granted this area independence in 1943. Since independence the country has been marked by periods of political turmoil interspersed with prosperity built on its position as a regional center for finance and trade. The country's 1975-90 civil war that resulted in an estimated 120,000 fatalities, was followed by years of social and political instability. Sectarianism is a key element of Lebanese political life. Neighboring Syria has long influenced Lebanon's foreign policy and internal policies, and its military occupied Lebanon from 1976 until 2005. The Lebanon-based Hizballah militia and Israel continued attacks and counterattacks against each other after Syria's withdrawal, and fought a brief war in 2006. Lebanon's borders with Syria and Israel remain unresolved.

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

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