Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 45.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Peru, that number is 19.7% of people.

live 6.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Peru, that number is 74 years (72 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 Peru, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 77.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Peru, the GDP per capita is $13,300.

be 52.3% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Peru, that number is 6.7%.

be 50.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Peru, however, that number is 22.7%.

Life

have 42.4% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Peru, there are 17.8 babies per 1,000 people.

be 4.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Peru, 68.0 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 Peru, on the other hand, 18.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 40.3% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Peru, about 45.5% do.

be 12.6% 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 Peru, that number is 87% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 24.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Peru spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 67.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Peru, that number is 5.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 87.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Peru, that number is 2,414 km.

Peru: At a glance

Peru is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,279,996 sq km. Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his resignation in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which installed Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of indigenous ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, oversaw a robust economic rebound. In June 2011, former army officer Ollanta HUMALA Tasso was elected president, defeating Keiko FUJIMORI Higuchi, the daughter of Alberto FUJIMORI. Since his election, HUMALA has carried on the sound, market-oriented economic policies of the three preceding administrations.

How big is Peru 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, Internal Revenue Service, Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria.

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