Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 56.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Malaysia, that number is 15.6% of people.

live 4.8 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Malaysia, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

be 22.7% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Malaysia, that number is 3.4%.

be 74.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Malaysia, however, that number is 3.8%.

spend 29.3% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Malaysia, the top tax rate is 28.0%.

make 51.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Malaysia, the GDP per capita is $29,000.

Life

have 52.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Malaysia, there are 19.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 2.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Malaysia, 40.0 women do.

be 2.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Malaysia, on the other hand, 12.5 children do.

Expenditures

spend 75.4% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Malaysia, that number is 4.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 76.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Malaysia, that number is 4,675 km.

Learn more about Malaysia

Malaysia is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 328,657 sq km. During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945. In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula except Singapore formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957. Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore, as well as Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo, joined the Federation. The first several years of the country's independence were marred by a communist insurgency, Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia, Philippine claims to Sabah, and Singapore's withdrawal in 1965. During the 22-year term of Prime Minister MAHATHIR bin Mohamad (1981-2003), Malaysia was successful in diversifying its economy from dependence on exports of raw materials to the development of manufacturing, services, and tourism. Prime Minister Mohamed NAJIB bin Abdul Razak (in office since April 2009) has continued these pro-business policies and has introduced some civil reforms.

How big is Malaysia 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, Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia, Internal Revenue Service.