Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 70.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Mauritius, that number is 10.8% of people as of 2016.

live 3.8 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Mauritius, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 80 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 47.0% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Mauritius, however, that number is 8.0% as of 2006.

pay a 62.1% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Mauritius, the top tax rate is 15.0% as of 2016.

make 62.7% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Mauritius, the GDP per capita is $22,300 as of 2017.

be 61.4% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Mauritius, that number is 7.1% as of 2017.

Life

be 3.2 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 Mauritius, 61.0 women do as of 2017.

be 69.8% 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 Mauritius, on the other hand, 9.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 32.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Mauritius, about 58.6% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 99.1% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Mauritius, that number is 177 km.

Mauritius: At a glance

Mauritius is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,030 sq km. Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Mauritius Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.

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