Quality of life comparison
If you lived in South Korea instead of United States, you would:
live 2.4 years longer
In United States, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2022. In South Korea, that number is 83 years (80 years for men, 86 years for women) as of 2022.
be 87.0% less likely to be obese
In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In South Korea, that number is 4.7% of people as of 2016.
make 29.7% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $60,200 as of 2020, while in South Korea, the GDP per capita is $42,300 as of 2020.
be 42.1% less likely to die during childbirth
In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In South Korea, 11.0 women do as of 2017.
be 44.5% less likely to die during infancy
In United States, approximately 5.2 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In South Korea, on the other hand, 2.9 children do as of 2022.
have 43.6% fewer children
In United States, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In South Korea, there are 6.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
spend 10.0% less on education
United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. South Korea spends 4.5% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
spend 51.2% less on healthcare
United States spends 16.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In South Korea, that number is 8.2% of GDP as of 2019.
see 87.9% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In South Korea, that number is 2,413 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.
South Korea: At a glance
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