Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 72.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Thailand, that number is 10.0% of people.

live 5.1 years less


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

Economy

be 84.1% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Thailand, that number is 0.7%.

be 52.3% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Thailand, however, that number is 7.2%.

spend 11.6% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Thailand, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 69.9% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Thailand, the GDP per capita is $17,900.

Life

be 42.9% more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Thailand, 20.0 women do.

be 58.6% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Thailand, on the other hand, 9.2 children do.

have 12.0% less children


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

Basic Needs

be 37.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Thailand, about 47.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 18.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Thailand spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 62.0% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Thailand, that number is 6.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 83.8% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Thailand, that number is 3,219 km.

Thailand: At a glance

Thailand is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 510,890 sq km. A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. In alliance with Japan during World War II, Thailand became a US treaty ally in 1954 after sending troops to Korea and later fighting alongside the United States in Vietnam. Thailand since 2005 has experienced several rounds of political turmoil including a military coup in 2006 that ousted then Prime Minister THAKSIN Chinnawat, followed by large-scale street protests by competing political factions in 2008, 2009, and 2010. THAKSIN's youngest sister, YINGLAK Chinnawat, in 2011 led the Puea Thai Party to an electoral win and assumed control of the government. A blanket amnesty bill for individuals involved in street protests, altered at the last minute to include all political crimes - including all convictions against THAKSIN - triggered months of large-scale anti-government protests in Bangkok beginning in November 2013. In early May 2014 YINGLAK was removed from office and in late May 2014 the Royal Thai Army staged a coup against the caretaker government. Thailand has also experienced violence associated with the ethno-nationalist insurgency in Thailand's southern Malay-Muslim majority provinces. Since January 2004, thousands have been killed and wounded in the insurgency.

How big is Thailand 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, The Revenue Department, Government of Thailand, Internal Revenue Service.

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