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

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. Yeah, we totally wear what's being shown in the thumbnail😔 it's true, we love our culture! I have those in every colour of the rainbow, I get it for Christmas everytime, and my mom yodelled when I was a kid so I could sleep❤️ those day… 😍

  3. It is way cheaper to go to uni in Britain.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but don’t Americans have to pay more to go to the top universities?

    Not true in Britain, they all cost the same.

    Also you only have to pay tuition fees in Britain if you have a fairly well off family. I did not have to pay any tuition frees at all and I went to one of the UK’s best universities. Not only did I pay no tuition fees, I was actually given a bursary to help me pay for books and stuff.

    My only costs really were living costs, but I would have to pay living costs if I moved out of home whether going to uni or not.

    I did take a loan, but you only have to start paying it off when you earn a lot of money, and then only gradually. My oldest brother and I have not had to pay any of it. My other brother did as he is a high wage earner, but he paid it so slowly it had no real effect on his life.

  4. The only reason why houses are bigger in America there is more land, whereas in Europe the countries are smaller meaning smaller houses

  5. Bmw m2 comp $60000usd in Usa without taxes / in Germany its 65000 euros with taxes = $15000usd more / Australia $105,000aud + orc

  6. This is cherry picking. Picking one country from europe it would be like picking one State in USA. You basicly comparing avarages and extremes.

  7. Median salary/year in western Europe : 60 000$.
    In Eastern Europe : 8 000$.
    Calculate and put together Germany/France/UK with Romania/Moldavia/Bulgaria in 1 block is like to put together USA, Guatemala and Honduras…

  8. What do people do in the US when they get a sickness or need operations? Do they pay all the costs by themselves?

  9. America is inferior to every west European country on every social analysis! Americans dont travel enough to understand this superiority!

  10. I might be wrong, but did you guys also see that the only time they had black Americans in this video was when they talked about low income living and student debt?

  11. Cristopher Columbus was born in what is now Italy, but he is Genoan, as Italy wasn't united at the time.

  12. The Scotch Irish are not real people. They are Irish. Anyone who says Scotch Irish is sympathetic to the creation of illegal religious caliphates. So basically Scotch Irish are the ISIS of Europe. Don't trust them, they are bigots.

  13. you cant really compare America to all of Europe when so many countries in Europe are completely different to one another

  14. Europe IS NIT just German and Russia.
    I know a lot of you Americans think that your state is the entire world basically but jfc read some things and learn before you start labeling us like this.
    Seriously… you arent on top of the world..
    Specially now that your world is shaken up by imigrants and left n rights fight.
    So… yea idk why i posted this..
    Meh

  15. i only see old white people for most of the time.😂i have around 1 month with out seeing white person🤷‍♂️🤷‍♀️. sad

  16. Next time dress Americans as pilgrims. To avoid confusion as to why you dress Europeans like Bavarians.

  17. This is youtube people. A place were people can share there opinion and ideas. You can learn a lot if you find the right videos. I don't agree with the outfit he chose for Europe but overall it was good.i I do find most of his video's educational.

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

    No

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

  20. 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?

  21. 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 🇺🇸

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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…

  25. 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?

  26. 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

  27. 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….

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

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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

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