Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.7 years longer


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Singapore, that number is 86 years (83 years for men, 89 years for women) as of 2020.

be 83.1% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Singapore, that number is 6.1% of people as of 2016.

Economy

make 57.4% more money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Singapore, the GDP per capita is $94,100 as of 2017.

be 50.0% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Singapore, that number is 2.2% as of 2017.

pay a 44.4% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Singapore, the top tax rate is 22.0% 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 Singapore, 8.0 women do as of 2017.

be 56.6% 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 Singapore, on the other hand, 2.3 children do as of 2020.

have 28.2% fewer children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Singapore, there are 8.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

Expenditures

spend 42.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Singapore spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

Geography

see 99.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Singapore, that number is 193 km.

Singapore: At a glance

Singapore is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 709 sq km. Singapore was founded as a British trading colony in 1819. It joined the Malaysian Federation in 1963 but separated two years later and became independent. Singapore subsequently became one of the world's most prosperous countries with strong international trading links (its port is one of the world's busiest in terms of tonnage handled) and with per capita GDP equal to that of the leading nations of Western Europe.

How big is Singapore 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, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

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