Quality of Life Comparison


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


be 11.6% less likely to be obese

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

live 2.2 years less

In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Lebanon, that number is 78 years (76 years for men, 79 years for women).


spend 49.5% less on taxes

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

make 67.4% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Lebanon, the GDP per capita is $19,400.

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

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


have 14.4% more children

In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Lebanon, there are 14.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 27.6% more likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Lebanon, on the other hand, 7.4 children do.


spend 50.0% less on education

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

spend 62.6% less on healthcare

United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Lebanon, that number is 6.4% of GDP.


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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