Average American vs Average European – How Do They Compare? – People Comparison

The United States of America was officially
formed on July 4th, 1776, when thirteen states declared their independence from the Kingdom
of Great Britain. This was centuries after this region, which was a part of what was
then called The New World, was officially discovered by Italian explorer Christopher
Columbus. In the centuries that followed European settlers would arrive in droves, with many
of the first expeditions arriving from Spain, but later from France, Germany, Holland, Scotland
and England, among other European nations claiming some slice of the American pie. Today,
many U.S. citizens have European ancestry, while not necessarily sharing much in common
with their long-lost kin. Thomas Jefferson may have once famously written in the Declaration
of Independence that all men are created equal, but we thought it would be fun to see how
equal, in some respects at least, the modern US citizen is now with the modern EU citizen,
in this episode of The Infographics Show, The Average American vs. The Average European. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. First of all, to give us some idea of how
much European there is flowing through the American bloodstream, let’s take a look
at America’s largest European ancestry groups. According to the Census Bureau, approximately
49 million (49,206,934) Americans said they had German ancestry; 36 million (35,523,082)
Irish ancestry; 27 million (26,923,091) English ancestry; 18 million (17,558,598) Italian
ancestry, 10 million (9,739,653) Polish ancestry, 9 million (9,136,092) French, 6 million (5,706,263)
Scottish, 5 million (5,102,858) Scotch-Irish, 5 million (4,810,511) Dutch, 4 million (4,211,644)
Swedish, and 3 million (3,060,143) Russian. Other large groups included Welsh, Czech,
Hungarian, Portuguese, Danish, and Greek, while many people were also described as mixed
ancestry. With this Euro-connection in mind, how much does the average American have in
common with the average EU citizen? Let’s start with some basics. The median
age, meaning that half the population is younger and half the population is older, is 42.7
in the EU and 37.9 in the U.S. Life expectancy in the EU is 82.4 years for women and 76.6
years for men. American women on average will live to 81.94 years, and American men 77.11.
When it comes to making babies, American women are slightly more active, with the average
number of births per woman being 1.84, and European women giving birth to an average
of 1.58 children. Just to clarify here, this doesn’t mean women are miraculously bearing
partial .58 humans, rather it’s just an average taken from the female population and
the number of births. Let’s now look at some physical attributes.
The average height for an American man is 5’ 9.5″ (176.4 cm), while collective data
for the entire EU is hard to come by. Europe, however, has some of the tallest people in
the world, with the Dutch coming in at an average height of 6’ (183.8 cm) for men.
Dutch women are also at the top with an average height of nearly 5’7” (5’ 6.75”) (169.9
cm), whereas American women on average are 5’ 4” (162.9 cm) tall. In fact, most member
countries of the EU have a greater average height than that of Americans. That cannot
be said about body weight, with America regularly coming in the top five countries in the world
for average weight. The average male in the U.S. weighs 194.7 lbs (88.3 kg), and the average
female 165lbs (74.7 kg). The UK has the heaviest people in Europe at 185 lbs (84.0 kg) for
men and 152 lbs (69.0 kg) for women. This is about the same as the land of giants, Holland,
even though on average UK nationals are much shorter. Now that we’ve looked at mortality and the
body, let’s delve into money matters. Americans are generally thought to be a hardworking
bunch of people, culturally ambitious, and with a penchant for wanting to come first.
This might be reflected by the fact that the USA has the most billionaires in the entire
world at 565, one of whom, Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates, being the richest of them all
with a fortune of around $87 billion. By comparison, The EU is home to 489 billionaires, with the
richest being Spanish business magnate Amancio Ortega, who is worth around $85.8 billion
dollars. But what about the average Joe among us? According
to polls, the median gross wage for workers in the U.S per household was $43,585 dollars
per year, which is the 6th highest in the world. The highest median gross wage in the
world per household was Luxembourg at $52,493 dollars per year, with two other EU nations
also above the U.S. in Sweden and Denmark. In terms of income tax paid, the U.S. is below
many EU member countries. The average income tax paid in the U.S. is 22.7% of earnings,
with the highest country in the world being EU member Belgium at a whopping 42.8%. How does this affect the quality of life?
Standard of living is a difficult thing to judge, and wherever you look lists will differ.
For example, the USA’s gross national income, the spending power of the individual, is only
behind the EU country of Luxembourg. Standard of living is another matter. Again, lists
differ, but almost always the best standard of living top ten countries is dominated by
EU countries and other European nations, with Canada, New Zealand and Australia also in
the running. EU countries also ranked highly on the World Happiness Report 2017, with 5
EU member states being in front of 14th placed America. Many of these countries also rank
highly regarding a very expensive cost of living, which may seem confusing given they
are reportedly so happy. Some factors may help explain this. The highest
healthcare costs in the world go to, you guessed it, The United States. Americans also work
very hard for a highly developed country. It’s stated that the USA is in 13th place
in terms of working the most hours, and while some EU members are above the U.S., there
are poorer EU members that rank low on standard of living and happiness indexes. Taking paid
annual leave into account, the EU states by law that each worker should have at least
4 weeks of paid vacation, while there is no such law in the U.S. and the decision is left
to the employer. The average is around 10 days per year in the U.S., far lower than
in the EU. The average paid vacation time in the U.S. after 20 years’ service at one
company is 20 days. Many EU countries also have more, or the same, public holidays as
Americans enjoy. The U.S is also a fairly expensive place to
receive a university education, with a report in 2015 stating that the average student debt
in America was $29,000. Still, this was much lower than England, whose students will owe
almost double that amount after graduation. EU countries such as France, Germany, Spain,
Italy, Belgium, and the Czech Republic, have very small tuition fees, while in Denmark,
Sweden and Finland, university is free. The U.S., however, has a lower household debt-to-GDP
than many Euro-nations, including big borrowers: Denmark, The Netherlands, Britain and Sweden.
A 2017 report puts the USA in 10th place for household debt-to-GDP. So, what do these countries get for their
money? Well, Americans enjoy living in much bigger houses on average than any country
in the EU, with the average house size being around 2,000 square feet (186 m²), second
only to Australia, according to a 2015 report. Denmark has the biggest houses in the EU at
around an average of 1,500 square feet (139 m²) per house, while the UK is only around
800 square feet (74 m²) on average. Americans also have more motor vehicles per person,
being the third biggest vehicle owners in the world according to a 2014 report. With
797 vehicles per 1,000 people – excluding two-wheelers – only Luxembourg comes close
to the U.S., and most EU countries are far behind. Where else does the money go? Well, quite
a lot on entertaining oneself. Whether drowning tears or living La Vida Loca, a lot of money
earned is spent on alcohol. The Europeans are easily the world’s most formidable drinkers,
with Eastern Europe topping the charts of alcohol consumption per capita in the world,
and almost all EU countries drinking more than the USA, except for Italy and Sweden.
Eastern Europe is also the cheapest place to drink, with Slovakia and the Czech Republic
selling beers at an average of $1.50 from bar to supermarket, compared to a U.S. average
of more than double that. Finally, let’s talk about love. In many
EU countries marriage rates have fallen dramatically, but this has to some extent become a global
phenomenon. The average age of men and women in the U.S.
getting married is 29 and 27 respectively, which is considerably lower than just about
all countries in the EU whose couples often wait until well after 30. In the U.S. in 2015,
a report states that 6.8 per 1,000 people tied the knot, which was considerably higher
than most European countries, with the EU average at 4.5 in 2015. The divorce rate that
year in the EU was 2.0, almost half of the marriage rate. The U.S. had a similar rate
of marriage to divorce at 3.6. If not marrying, people haven’t stopped sleeping with each
other, but the Europeans, according to a survey by Durex, are doing it a lot more. The survey
stated the most the sexually satisfied countries in the EU were, Spain, Italy, Greece, The
Netherlands, and Germany, with the USA data showing a low rate of satisfaction compared
to most EU countries. As for first timers, only the EU countries of Britain, Austria,
Germany, and Czech Republic have a younger age in which people lose their virginity,
with the USA being a fraction higher than those countries at age 18.4. On the topic of love, we come to the end of
today’s comparison. If you enjoyed it, be sure to check out our other video, “10 Surprisingly
High Paying Jobs.” So, who do you think lives a better life? The average American
or the Average European? Let us know in the comments!

100 thoughts on “Average American vs Average European – How Do They Compare? – People Comparison”

  1. If you want to know how an Average American compares to Bill Gates, check out our previous video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PajyImF5vIM

  2. I am living in Germany and never got laid. The ifographics show "The most sexually statisfacted countries are….. and germany"


  3. When you talk about average American, do you only mean average white American? If other races are included, then the comparison is meaningless.

  4. I was born in America, and i now live in Denmark and i have never had a better life.
    Why is America know as the land of the free when they rank lower on freedom than the EU countries?

  5. I weigh 95 pounds at 13 years old and my twin brother is 86 pounds at 13 years old. And we are born and currently living in the United States 🇺🇸

  6. I’m european and i don’t know why are we represented as 80’s German people, Also I want to say that in europe, every country is diferent, spain is not the same as england or findland

    Conclusion: don’t judge us USA madafaka peopleeeeee

  7. Im Czechoslovak and I just had to say we are not eastern europiens we live in central eu . And yes we love beer especially my czech part . We drink the most beer in the world but that doesant mean that we are alcoholics . I would highly recommend to visit these two countries . But before you visit you should read an artickle or two about what you shouldnt do and say because you could find some things weard or make us angry .

    Thank you CENTRAL Europien friend

  8. Basically more tax= better living. Americans don’t wanna pay taxes even if politicians offer fair tax plans that they can afford. Instead we pay less tax (the rich paying even less) and our average standard of living is lower than Europe…

  9. Lol why do Europeans care so much about how us Americans live? It’s like every European holds some inner grudge on America and like to point out all our flaws while disregarding the flaws of European countries… Is every European an expert on American standards of living?

  10. I've been to a few places in Europe, including Italy, Spain, Austria, and Germany (just came back from the former two countries), all of which I visited in the past year. Europe is definitely an easier place to be happy. America is all about work and money. If that's your thing, it's alright I guess

  11. in your calculation about house and livingspace
    did u include the homeless selfmade paperhouses ?
    i mean they are still out of paper like the most US houses
    so if the big bad wolf comes , he will just blow them away….

  12. Yes, we always wear viking clothes and armor all the time. Yesterday we invaded Russia, today we'll invade China. Wish me luck guys!

  13. Ok, so.. today i learned that Czech Rep. and Slovakia are Eastern europe…Wierd..I think they are f*cking CENTRAL EUROPE!

  14. Actually, America was first discovered by Vikings but they didn't know that they were on a new land. The actual "New World" was named America after Amerigo Vespucci, the first european that landed there and realized that he was on a totally new continent.

  15. Another difference between American and European countries especially those European Union Members are less strict in terms of migration. An illegal migrant can freely enjoy freedom to live, work and enjoy government services in an European country without worrying about deportation as contradictory to the US of A.

  16. You can’t compare Generalize Europe since every country is different and same goes for USA, every state is different.

  17. 3:32 LOL and what about the rotschild or did they magically disappear ???

    So rich they own the Fed how many paper rectangles you want they have .

  18. How can Amwricans survive ?
    Everuthing in US costs almost double than in Europe. Social assistence ? Zero. Education ? Very expensive. Health care system ? The worst. Rent, prices for the houses ? Abnormal.

  19. The US has bigger houses, but they are way worse then the EU. Most houses in the US are wooden and in the EU they are made of brick or strong cement.

  20. I've heard that Americans have "sick days". That's ridiciolous! When you're ill, you're ill. You can't plan that ahead. LOL

  21. You got the university thing with England wrong. Only 10% of people that go to university in England actually pay theirs off.

  22. The average European lives a much better life as they have better health care, better education and better lifestyles.

  23. houses in Europe are made out of bricks and houses in the US are often made out of wood. so their houses are bigger

  24. I think it's funny that you take the average American weight, but the heaviest EU country to compare, Rofl. Americans are way more obese than the average EU citizen

  25. 36 million Americans have Irish ancestry.
    Ireland : population of 7 million people.

    As my American Civilization teacher says :
    “Of course they are going to say
    they come from Ireland.
    Who can dislike Irish people?”

  26. Look Americans and Europeans are the same it's just the language and tradition sooo yeahhhh just to let u know my dad was American my mom was French now I live in the USA for only 5 months btw my dad was black my mom was white…

  27. @3:29 Nope, that has something to do with the combination of high economical freedom and high population that incentivizes entrepeneurship, working hard and efficient.
    @4:17 That is only income tax, that does not account for VAT, custom tariff and statutory fees which are way higher too.
    @6:23 That is a quantative number. 😀

  28. I love Europe. A revival of Christianity to the east, railroads and public transit everywhere, amazing cultures, wonderful accents, lovely ladies in France and Poland, better and more decent people, far better than America. Greetings to all of you 🙂

  29. I have a theory. Back then they send the prisioners the braves ones the adventurers, the real men's to the "new world"/U.S.A the best DNA go to America. And who is left in Europe? The "cucks"! So we have feminism, socialism, blacks coming from north of Africa and very feminaize men's. Who's win in Germany? Merkel! A globalist that defend a social democratic system and a very "diverse" society (baiscly less native white europeans). Now we know the "cucks" are in maioraty becouse we stay with "rotten" DNA that produce weak people in majority and they are very easy to brainwashe by the globalists.

  30. Living in Ireland here: you earn over €33,000 per annum and you pay effectively 52% tax. And living here is expensive AF too

  31. I don see how it fair to compare USA to just Luxembourg on the average household wage and name the video average American vs average European 😡😡😡😢

  32. I like how europeans find so much fault in thumbnail when its about them but when its some stereotype about Russia or other no one cares

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