Quality of life comparison
If you lived in New Zealand instead of United States, you would:
live 1.8 years longer
In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In New Zealand, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2020.
be 14.9% less likely to be obese
In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people as of 2016.
pay a 16.7% lower top tax rate
United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0% as of 2016.
make 34.8% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $39,000 as of 2017.
be 52.6% less likely to die during childbirth
In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In New Zealand, 9.0 women do as of 2017.
be 34.0% 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 New Zealand, on the other hand, 3.5 children do as of 2020.
spend 28.0% more on education
United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. New Zealand spends 6.4% of total GDP on education as of 2016.
see 24.0% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In New Zealand, that number is 15,134 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.
New Zealand: At a glance
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