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. In Paraguay, that number is 20.3% of people.

live 2.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Paraguay, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

make 83.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Paraguay, the GDP per capita is $9,800.

be 47.7% more likely to be unemployed


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

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


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

Life

have 32.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Paraguay, there are 16.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Paraguay, 132.0 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 Paraguay, on the other hand, 18.7 children do.

Basic Needs

be 32.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Paraguay, about 51.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 42.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Paraguay, that number is 9.8% of GDP.

Learn more about Paraguay

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.