Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 11.3% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Turkey, that number is 32.1% of people.

live 5.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Turkey, that number is 75 years (73 years for men, 78 years for women).

Economy

spend 11.6% less on taxes


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

make 54.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Turkey, the GDP per capita is $26,900.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Turkey, that number is 11.2%.

be 45.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Turkey, however, that number is 21.9%.

Life

have 25.6% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Turkey, there are 15.7 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Turkey, on the other hand, 17.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 23.5% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Turkey, about 58.3% do.

Expenditures

spend 12.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Turkey spends 4.4% of total GDP on education.

spend 68.4% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Turkey, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

Geography

see 63.9% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Turkey, that number is 7,200 km.

Learn more about Turkey

Turkey is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 769,632 sq km. Modern Turkey was founded in 1923 from the Anatolian remnants of the defeated Ottoman Empire by national hero Mustafa KEMAL, who was later honored with the title Ataturk or "Father of the Turks." Under his leadership, the country adopted wide-ranging social, legal, and political reforms. After a period of one-party rule, an experiment with multi-party politics led to the 1950 election victory of the opposition Democratic Party and the peaceful transfer of power. Since then, Turkish political parties have multiplied, but democracy has been fractured by periods of instability and intermittent military coups (1960, 1971, 1980), which in each case eventually resulted in a return of political power to civilians. In 1997, the military again helped engineer the ouster - popularly dubbed a "post-modern coup" - of the then Islamic-oriented government. Turkey intervened militarily on Cyprus in 1974 to prevent a Greek takeover of the island and has since acted as patron state to the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus," which only Turkey recognizes. A separatist insurgency begun in 1984 by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - now known as the Kurdistan People's Congress or Kongra-Gel (KGK) - has dominated the Turkish military's attention and claimed more than 30,000 lives. After the capture of the group's leader in 1999, the insurgents largely withdrew from Turkey mainly to northern Iraq. In 2013, KGK and the Turkish Government agreed to a ceasefire that continues despite slow progress in ongoing peace talks. Turkey joined the UN in 1945 and in 1952 it became a member of NATO. In 1964, Turkey became an associate member of the European Community. Over the past decade, it has undertaken many reforms to strengthen its democracy and economy; it began accession membership talks with the European Union in 2005.

How big is Turkey 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, Revenue Administration, Government of Turkey.