Quality of life comparison
If you lived in New Zealand instead of United States, you would:
live 2.0 years longer
In United States, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2022. In New Zealand, that number is 83 years (81 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022.
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 29.6% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $60,200 as of 2020, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $42,400 as of 2020.
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 33.5% less likely to die during infancy
In United States, approximately 5.2 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 3.4 children do as of 2022.
spend 42.3% less on healthcare
United States spends 16.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In New Zealand, that number is 9.7% of GDP as of 2019.
spend 20.0% more on education
United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. New Zealand spends 6.0% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
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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