Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 37.3% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Panama, that number is 22.7% of people.

live 1.2 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Panama, that number is 79 years (76 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

spend 36.9% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Panama, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 57.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Panama, the GDP per capita is $25,400.

be 25.0% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Panama, that number is 5.5%.

be 52.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Panama, however, that number is 23.0%.

Life

have 43.2% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Panama, there are 17.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.7 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Panama, 94.0 women do.

be 70.7% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Panama, on the other hand, 9.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 29.1% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Panama, about 54.0% do.

Expenditures

spend 36.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Panama spends 3.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 53.2% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Panama, that number is 8.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 87.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Panama, that number is 2,490 km.

Learn more about Panama

Panama is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 74,340 sq km. Explored and settled by the Spanish in the 16th century, Panama broke with Spain in 1821 and joined a union of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela - named the Republic of Gran Colombia. When the latter dissolved in 1830, Panama remained part of Colombia. With US backing, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903 and promptly signed a treaty with the US allowing for the construction of a canal and US sovereignty over a strip of land on either side of the structure (the Panama Canal Zone). The Panama Canal was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914. In 1977, an agreement was signed for the complete transfer of the Canal from the US to Panama by the end of the century. Certain portions of the Zone and increasing responsibility over the Canal were turned over in the subsequent decades. With US help, dictator Manuel NORIEGA was deposed in 1989. The entire Panama Canal, the area supporting the Canal, and remaining US military bases were transferred to Panama by the end of 1999. In October 2006, Panamanians approved an ambitious plan (estimated to cost $5.3 billion) to expand the Canal. The project, which began in 2007 and could double the Canal's capacity, is expected to be completed in 2015.

How big is Panama 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, General Directorate of Revenues, Panama, Internal Revenue Service.