Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 82.3% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Philippines, that number is 6.4% of people.

live 10.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Philippines, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 73 years for women).

Economy

spend 19.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Philippines, the top tax rate is 32.0%.

make 86.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Philippines, the GDP per capita is $8,300.

be 29.5% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Philippines, that number is 5.7%.

be 43.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Philippines, however, that number is 21.6%.

Life

have 89.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Philippines, there are 23.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 8.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Philippines, 114.0 women do.

be 3.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Philippines, on the other hand, 21.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Philippines, 88% of the population do.

be 27.2% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Philippines, about 55.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 46.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Philippines spends 2.7% of total GDP on education.

spend 72.5% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Philippines, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 82.1% more coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Philippines, that number is 36,289 km.

Learn more about Philippines

Philippines is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 298,170 sq km. The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected president and was tasked with preparing the country for independence after a 10-year transition. In 1942 the islands fell under Japanese occupation during World War II, and US forces and Filipinos fought together during 1944-45 to regain control. On 4 July 1946 the Republic of the Philippines attained its independence. A 20-year rule by Ferdinand MARCOS ended in 1986, when a "people power" movement in Manila ("EDSA 1") forced him into exile and installed Corazon AQUINO as president. Her presidency was hampered by several coup attempts that prevented a return to full political stability and economic development. Fidel RAMOS was elected president in 1992. His administration was marked by increased stability and by progress on economic reforms. In 1992, the US closed its last military bases on the islands. Joseph ESTRADA was elected president in 1998. He was succeeded by his vice-president, Gloria MACAPAGAL-ARROYO, in January 2001 after ESTRADA's stormy impeachment trial on corruption charges broke down and another "people power" movement ("EDSA 2") demanded his resignation. MACAPAGAL-ARROYO was elected to a six-year term as president in May 2004. Her presidency was marred by several corruption allegations but the Philippine economy was one of the few to avoid contraction following the 2008 global financial crisis, expanding each year of her administration. Benigno AQUINO III was elected to a six-year term as president in May 2010. The Philippine Government faces threats from several groups, some of which are on the US Government's Foreign Terrorist Organization list. Manila has waged a decades-long struggle against ethnic Moro insurgencies in the southern Philippines, which has led to a peace accord with the Moro National Liberation Front and ongoing peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The decades-long Maoist-inspired New People's Army insurgency also operates through much of the country. The Philippines faces increased tension with China over disputed territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea.

How big is Philippines 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, Bureau of Internal Revenue.