Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 22.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Uruguay, that number is 27.9% of people.

live 2.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Uruguay, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 81 years for women).

Economy

be 35.8% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Uruguay, however, that number is 9.7%.

spend 24.2% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Uruguay, the top tax rate is 30.0%.

make 62.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Uruguay, the GDP per capita is $22,400.

be 65.9% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Uruguay, that number is 7.3%.

Life

be 43.1% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Uruguay, on the other hand, 8.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 12.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Uruguay, about 66.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 12.0% less on education


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

spend 49.7% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Uruguay, that number is 8.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 96.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Uruguay, that number is 660 km.

Learn more about Uruguay

Uruguay is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 175,015 sq km. Montevideo, founded by the Spanish in 1726 as a military stronghold, soon took advantage of its natural harbor to become an important commercial center. Claimed by Argentina but annexed by Brazil in 1821, Uruguay declared its independence four years later and secured its freedom in 1828 after a three-year struggle. The administrations of President Jose BATLLE in the early 20th century launched widespread political, social, and economic reforms that established a statist tradition. A violent Marxist urban guerrilla movement named the Tupamaros, launched in the late 1960s, led Uruguay's president to cede control of the government to the military in 1973. By yearend, the rebels had been crushed, but the military continued to expand its hold over the government. Civilian rule was not restored until 1985. In 2004, the left-of-center Frente Amplio Coalition won national elections that effectively ended 170 years of political control previously held by the Colorado and Blanco parties. Uruguay's political and labor conditions are among the freest on the continent.

How big is Uruguay 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, Dirección General Impositiva.