Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 36.2% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Poland, that number is 23.1% of people.

live 2.2 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Poland, that number is 78 years (74 years for men, 82 years for women).

Economy

spend 19.2% less on taxes


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

make 50.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Poland, the GDP per capita is $29,500.

be 16.6% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Poland, however, that number is 17.6%.

Life

be 78.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Poland, 3.0 women do.

be 24.1% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Poland, on the other hand, 4.4 children do.

have 24.0% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Poland, there are 9.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 62.6% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Poland, that number is 6.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 97.8% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Poland, that number is 440 km.

Learn more about Poland

Poland is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 304,255 sq km. Poland's history as a state begins near the middle of the 10th century. By the mid-16th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ruled a vast tract of land in central and eastern Europe. During the 18th century, internal disorders weakened the nation, and in a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland among themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force with over ten million members. Free elections in 1989 and 1990 won Solidarity control of the parliament and the presidency, bringing the communist era to a close. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed and with large investments in defense, energy, and other infrastructure, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.

How big is Poland 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, Ministry of Finance, Poland.