Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 34.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Nicaragua, that number is 23.7% of people.

live 6.5 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Nicaragua, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

spend 24.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Nicaragua, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 90.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Nicaragua, the GDP per capita is $5,800.

be 47.7% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Nicaragua, that number is 6.5%.

be 96.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Nicaragua, however, that number is 29.6%.

Life

have 41.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Nicaragua, there are 17.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 10.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Nicaragua, 150.0 women do.

be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nicaragua, on the other hand, 18.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Nicaragua, 78% of the population do.

be 67.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Nicaragua, about 24.6% do.

be 12.3% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Nicaragua, that number is 87% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 10.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Nicaragua spends 4.5% of total GDP on education.

spend 47.4% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nicaragua, that number is 9.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 95.4% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Nicaragua, that number is 910 km.

Learn more about Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 119,990 sq km. The Pacific coast of Nicaragua was settled as a Spanish colony from Panama in the early 16th century. Independence from Spain was declared in 1821 and the country became an independent republic in 1838. Britain occupied the Caribbean Coast in the first half of the 19th century, but gradually ceded control of the region in subsequent decades. Violent opposition to governmental manipulation and corruption spread to all classes by 1978 and resulted in a short-lived civil war that brought the Marxist Sandinista guerrillas to power in 1979. Nicaraguan aid to leftist rebels in El Salvador caused the US to sponsor anti-Sandinista contra guerrillas through much of the 1980s. After losing free and fair elections in 1990, 1996, and 2001, former Sandinista President Daniel ORTEGA Saavedra was elected president in 2006 and reelected in 2011. The 2008 municipal elections, 2010 regional elections, 2011 presidential elections, 2012 municipal elections, and 2013 regional elections were marred by widespread irregularities. Nicaragua's infrastructure and economy - hard hit by the earlier civil war and by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 - are slowly being rebuilt, but democratic institutions have been weakened under the ORTEGA administration.

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


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: General Directorate of Revenues, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.