Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 52.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Yemen, that number is 17.1% of people.

live 14.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Yemen, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 68 years for women).

Economy

spend 62.1% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Yemen, the top tax rate is 15.0%.

make 97.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Yemen, the GDP per capita is $1,300.

be 6.1 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Yemen, that number is 27.0%.

be 3.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Yemen, however, that number is 54.0%.

Life

have 2.3 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Yemen, there are 28.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 27.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Yemen, 385.0 women do.

be 7.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Yemen, on the other hand, 46.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 52.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Yemen, 48% of the population do.

be 67.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Yemen, about 24.6% do.

be 44.7% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Yemen, that number is 55% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 46% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 67.3% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Yemen, that number is 5.6% of GDP.

Geography

see 90.4% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Yemen, that number is 1,906 km.

Learn more about Yemen

Yemen is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 527,968 sq km. North Yemen became independent of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. The British, who had set up a protectorate area around the southern port of Aden in the 19th century, withdrew in 1967 from what became South Yemen. Three years later, the southern government adopted a Marxist orientation. The massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the south to the north contributed to two decades of hostility between the states. The two countries were formally unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990. A southern secessionist movement and brief civil war in 1994 was quickly subdued. In 2000, Saudi Arabia and Yemen agreed to a delimitation of their border. Fighting in the northwest between the government and the Huthis, a Zaydi Shia minority, began in 2004 and has since resulted in six rounds of fighting - the last ended in early 2010 with a cease-fire that continues to hold. The southern secessionist movement was revitalized in 2008 when a popular socioeconomic protest movement initiated the prior year took on political goals including secession. Public rallies in Sana'a against then President SALIH - inspired by similar demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt - slowly built momentum starting in late January 2011 fueled by complaints over high unemployment, poor economic conditions, and corruption. By the following month, some protests had resulted in violence, and the demonstrations had spread to other major cities. By March the opposition had hardened its demands and was unifying behind calls for SALIH's immediate ouster, and prominent military and tribal leaders began defecting from SALIH's camp. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in late April 2011, in an attempt to mediate the crisis in Yemen, proposed an agreement in which the president would step down in exchange for immunity from prosecution. SALIH's refusal to sign an agreement led to heavy street fighting and his injury in an explosion in June 2011. The UN Security Council passed Resolution 2014 in October 2011 calling on both sides to end the violence and complete a power transfer deal. In late November 2011, SALIH signed the GCC-brokered agreement to step down and to transfer some of his powers to Vice President Abd Rabuh Mansur HADI. Following elections in February 2012, won by HADI, SALIH formally transferred his powers. In accordance with the GCC initiative, Yemen launched a National Dialogue in March 2013 to discuss key constitutional, political, and social issues. HADI concluded the National Dialogue in January 2014. Subsequent steps in the transition process include constitutional drafting, a constitutional referendum, and national elections.

How big is Yemen compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Yemen Tax Authority, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.