Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

live 6.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Palau, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 52.8% more likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people.

Economy

be 61.4% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Palau, that number is 1.7%.

make 72.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.

Life

be 82.8% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Palau, on the other hand, 10.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 41.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Palau, 59% of the population do.

be 52.8% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 47.4% less on healthcare


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

Geography

see 92.4% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

Learn more about Palau

Palau is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 459 sq km. After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.

How big is Palau 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.