Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.3 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Macau, that number is 85 years (82 years for men, 88 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 2.0 times more money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Macau, the GDP per capita is $122,000 as of 2018.

be 54.5% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Macau, that number is 2.0% as of 2017.

pay a 69.7% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Macau, the top tax rate is 12.0% as of 2016.

Life

be 41.5% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Macau, on the other hand, 3.1 children do as of 2020.

have 36.3% fewer children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Macau, there are 7.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 46.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Macau spends 2.7% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 99.8% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Macau, that number is 41 km.

Macau: At a glance

Macau is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 28 sq km. Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the subsequent 50 years.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Secretariat for Economy and Finance, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.

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