Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Trinidad and Tobago instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 48.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Trinidad and Tobago, that number is 18.6% of people.

live 6.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Trinidad and Tobago, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

spend 36.9% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Trinidad and Tobago, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 47.2% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Trinidad and Tobago, the GDP per capita is $31,400.

be 32.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Trinidad and Tobago, however, that number is 20.0%.

Life

be 4.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Trinidad and Tobago, 63.0 women do.

be 3.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Trinidad and Tobago, on the other hand, 22.3 children do.

Expenditures

spend 65.5% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Trinidad and Tobago, that number is 5.9% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.2% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Trinidad and Tobago, that number is 362 km.

Trinidad and Tobago: At a glance

Trinidad and Tobago is a sovereign country in Central America/Caribbean, with a total land area of approximately 5,128 sq km. First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Tourism, mostly in Tobago, is targeted for expansion and is growing. The government is coping with a rise in violent crime.

How big is Trinidad and Tobago 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, Inland Revenue Division, Internal Revenue Service.

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