Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 43.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Paraguay, that number is 20.3% of people as of 2016.

live 2.4 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Paraguay, that number is 78 years (75 years for men, 81 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 78.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Paraguay, the GDP per capita is $12,800 as of 2017.

be 29.5% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Paraguay, that number is 5.7% as of 2017.

be 47.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Paraguay, however, that number is 22.2% as of 2015.

Life

have 33.9% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Paraguay, there are 16.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 4.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Paraguay, 84.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Paraguay, on the other hand, 16.9 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 25.5% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Paraguay, about 65.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 32.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Paraguay spends 3.4% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Paraguay: At a glance

Paraguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 397,302 sq km. Paraguay achieved its independence from Spain in 1811. In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70) - between Paraguay and Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay - Paraguay lost two-thirds of its adult males and much of its territory. The country stagnated economically for the next half century. Following the Chaco War of 1932-35 with Bolivia, Paraguay gained a large part of the Chaco lowland region. The 35-year military dictatorship of Alfredo STROESSNER ended in 1989, and, despite a marked increase in political infighting in recent years, Paraguay has held relatively free and regular presidential elections since the country's return to democracy.

How big is Paraguay 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.

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