Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in New Zealand instead of United States, you would:


live 1.3 years longer

In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In New Zealand, that number is 81 years (79 years for men, 84 years for women).

be 14.9% less likely to be obese

In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In New Zealand, that number is 30.8% of people.


spend 16.7% less on taxes

United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In New Zealand, the top tax rate is 33.0%.

make 34.6% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in New Zealand, the GDP per capita is $38,900.

be 11.4% more likely to be unemployed

In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In New Zealand, that number is 4.9%.


be 21.4% less likely to die during childbirth

In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In New Zealand, 11.0 women do.

be 24.1% less likely to die during infancy

In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In New Zealand, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 16.1% more likely to have internet access

In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In New Zealand, about 88.5% do.


spend 35.7% less on healthcare

United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In New Zealand, that number is 11.0% of GDP.

spend 26.0% more on education

United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. New Zealand spends 6.3% of total GDP on education.


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.

New Zealand: At a glance

New Zealand (sometimes abbreviated NZ) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 264,537 sq km. The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. That same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand's full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

How big is New Zealand 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, Internal Revenue Service, New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.


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