Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 42.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Portugal, that number is 20.8% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 49.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Portugal, the GDP per capita is $30,500 as of 2017.

be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Portugal, that number is 8.9% as of 2017.

be 25.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Portugal, however, that number is 19.0% as of 2015.

pay a 42.7% higher top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Portugal, the top tax rate is 56.5% as of 2016.

Life

be 57.9% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Portugal, 8.0 women do as of 2017.

be 50.9% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Portugal, on the other hand, 2.6 children do as of 2020.

have 34.7% fewer children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Portugal, there are 8.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 14.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Portugal, about 74.7% do as of 2018.

Geography

see 91.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Portugal, that number is 1,793 km.

Portugal: At a glance

Portugal is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 91,470 sq km. Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of Brazil, its wealthiest colony, in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.

How big is Portugal 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, Autoridade Tribut√°ria e Aduaneira.

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