Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Russia 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 Russia, that number is 23.1% of people.

live 9.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Russia, that number is 71 years (65 years for men, 77 years for women).

Economy

be 11.9% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Russia, however, that number is 13.3%.

spend 67.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Russia, the top tax rate is 13.0%.

make 53.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Russia, the GDP per capita is $27,800.

be 25.0% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Russia, that number is 5.5%.

Life

be 78.6% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Russia, 25.0 women do.

be 17.2% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Russia, on the other hand, 6.8 children do.

have 12.0% less children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Russia, there are 11.0 babies per 1,000 people.

Expenditures

spend 24.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Russia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 58.5% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Russia, that number is 7.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 89.0% more coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Russia, that number is 37,653 km.

Learn more about Russia

Russia is a sovereign country in Central Asia, with a total land area of approximately 16,377,742 sq km. Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new ROMANOV Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR. The brutal rule of Iosif STALIN (1928-53) strengthened communist rule and Russian dominance of the Soviet Union at a cost of tens of millions of lives. The Soviet economy and society stagnated in the following decades until General Secretary Mikhail GORBACHEV (1985-91) introduced glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) in an attempt to modernize communism, but his initiatives inadvertently released forces that by December 1991 splintered the USSR into Russia and 14 other independent republics. Since then, Russia has shifted its post-Soviet democratic ambitions in favor of a centralized semi-authoritarian state in which the leadership seeks to legitimize its rule through managed national elections, populist appeals by President PUTIN, and continued economic growth. Russia has severely disabled a Chechen rebel movement, although violence still occurs throughout the North Caucasus.

How big is Russia compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Federal Tax Service of Russia, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.