Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United Kingdom instead of United States, you would:
live 1.3 years longer
In United States, the average life expectancy is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2022. In United Kingdom, that number is 82 years (80 years for men, 84 years for women) as of 2022.
be 23.2% less likely to be obese
In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United Kingdom, that number is 27.8% of people as of 2016.
be 18.5% less likely to be unemployed
In United States, 3.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2018. In United Kingdom, that number is 3.2% as of 2019.
make 30.9% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $60,200 as of 2020, while in United Kingdom, the GDP per capita is $41,600 as of 2020.
be 23.2% more likely to live below the poverty line
In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In United Kingdom, however, that number is 18.6% as of 2017.
pay a 13.6% higher top tax rate
United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In United Kingdom, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2016.
be 63.2% less likely to die during childbirth
In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United Kingdom, 7.0 women do as of 2017.
be 26.1% 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 United Kingdom, on the other hand, 3.8 children do as of 2022.
have 12.1% fewer children
In United States, there are approximately 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In United Kingdom, there are 10.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
spend 39.3% less on healthcare
United States spends 16.8% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United Kingdom, that number is 10.2% of GDP as of 2019.
see 37.6% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In United Kingdom, that number is 12,429 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, HM Revenue & Customs.
United Kingdom: At a glance
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