Fellow Canadians: have you ever wondered what life would be like if you lived in the United States instead of Canada? Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is the culture shock you'd experience from the differences in social traditions (and, you know, because of Trump and stuff).
But it would go much deeper than that. According to IfItWereMyHome.com, Canadians would have a lot more to lose if they moved to the United States. The website is a tool that allows users to compare two countries based on social, economic and political factors. It uses statistics from relevant studies to make general comparisons of both countries. Between Canada and the US, the website shows that Canada clearly offers the better life.
If the United States were your home instead of Canada, you would...
Be 5.9 times more likely to be in prison - 698 in every 100,000 people are currently imprisoned in The United States compared to 118 in Canada (Source: International Centre for Prison Studies)
Be 2.7 times more likely to be murdered - 3.80 in every 100,000 people are murdered annually in The United States compared to 1.40 in Canada (Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
Make 22.51% more money - The GDP per capita in The United States is $52,800 while in Canada it is $43,100 (Source: CIA World Factbook)
Spend 54.95% more money on health care - Per capita public and private health expenditures combined in The United States are $8,895.10 USD while Canada spends $5,740.70 USD (Source: World Health Organization)
Experience 40.19% more of a class divide - The GINI index measures the degree of inequality in the distribution of family income. In The United States it is 45.00 while in Canada it is 32.10.(Source: CIA World Factbook)
Have 4.59% less free time - Employed persons in The United States work an average of 1788 hours each year while persons in Canada work an average of 1706 hours (Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)
Be 2.82% more likely to be unemployed - The United States has an unemployment rate of 7.30% while Canada has 7.10% (Source: CIA World Factbook)
Die 2.11 years sooner - The life expectancy at birth in The United States is 79.56 while in Canada it is 81.67 (Source: CIA World Factbook)
Be 31% more likely to die in infancy - The number of deaths of infants under one year old in a given year per 1,000 live births in The United States is 6.17 while in Canada it is 4.71. (Source: CIA World Factbook)
Use 15.09% less electricity - The per capita consumption of electricity in Canada is 14,350kWh while in The United States it is 12,185kWh (Source: CIA World Factbook)
Be 2 times more likely to have HIV/AIDS - The percentage of adults living with HIV/AIDS in The United States is 0.60% while in Canada it is 0.30%. 17,000 people in The United States and 1,000 people in Canada die from AIDS each year. (Source: CIA World Factbook)
Consume 8.8% less oil - Canada consumes 2.7216 gallons of oil per day per capita while The United States consumes 2.4822 (Source: CIA World Factbook)
Have 30.42% more babies - The annual number of births per 1,000 people in The United States is 13.42 while in Canada it is 10.29. (Source: CIA World Factbook)
These facts aren't necessarily the most all-encompassing representations, but collectively, they do provide a decent overview of how life would be like in each country. With that said, the aforementioned statistics should make Canadians even more proud to live in Canada!