Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 0.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Qatar, that number is 79 years (77 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 2.1 times more money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Qatar, the GDP per capita is $124,100 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 Qatar, that number is 8.9% as of 2017.

Life

be 52.6% less likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Qatar, 9.0 women do as of 2017.

have 25.0% fewer children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Qatar, there are 9.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 14.2% more likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Qatar, about 99.7% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 42.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Qatar spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 97.2% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Qatar, that number is 563 km.

Qatar: At a glance

Qatar is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 11,586 sq km. Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the Amir, who had ruled the country since 1972. His son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew the father in a bloodless coup in 1995. In short order, HAMAD oversaw the creation of the pan-Arab satellite news network Al-Jazeera and Qatar's pursuit of a leadership role in mediating regional conflicts. In the 2000s, Qatar resolved its longstanding border disputes with both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar has not experienced domestic unrest or violence like that seen in other Near Eastern and North African countries in 2010-11, due in part to its immense wealth. Since the outbreak of regional unrest, however, Doha has prided itself on its support for many of these popular revolutions, particularly in Libya and Syria. In mid-2013, HAMAD transferred power to his 33 year-old son, TAMIM bin Hamad - a peaceful abdication rare in the history of Arab Gulf states. TAMIM has prioritized improving the domestic welfare of Qataris, including establishing advanced healthcare and education systems and expanding the country's infrastructure in anticipation of Doha's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

How big is Qatar 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.

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