Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 37.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Romania, that number is 22.5% of people.

live 4.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Romania, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 79 years for women).

Economy

spend 59.6% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Romania, the top tax rate is 16.0%.

make 58.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Romania, the GDP per capita is $24,500.

be 20.5% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Romania, that number is 5.3%.

be 48.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Romania, however, that number is 22.4%.

Life

be 2.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Romania, 31.0 women do.

be 62.1% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Romania, on the other hand, 9.4 children do.

have 28.8% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Romania, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 21.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Romania, about 59.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 38.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Romania spends 3.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 67.3% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Romania, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Romania, that number is 225 km.

Learn more about Romania

Romania is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 229,891 sq km. The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia - for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire - secured their autonomy in 1856; they were de facto linked in 1859 and formally united in 1862 under the new name of Romania. The country gained recognition of its independence in 1878. It joined the Allied Powers in World War I and acquired new territories - most notably Transylvania - following the conflict. In 1940, Romania allied with the Axis powers and participated in the 1941 German invasion of the USSR. Three years later, overrun by the Soviets, Romania signed an armistice. The post-war Soviet occupation led to the formation of a communist "people's republic" in 1947 and the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae CEAUSESCU, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. CEAUSESCU was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Former communists dominated the government until 1996 when they were swept from power. Romania joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.

How big is Romania 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, National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF).