What Is the Definition of a Developed Country?

A developed country is one that has achieved a certain level of industrialization and economic performance. Definitions and specific standards vary, but a developed country normally has a stable economy, growing gross domestic product and reasonable per capita income.

The term "developed country" is used to loosely describe a country as one that is somewhat self-sustaining. The economic statement and government structure are strong enough to provide access to resources and economic opportunities. In contrast, undeveloped or developing nations rely more on support from other nations and agencies to provide necessary resources to their populations. The level of economic development in a country also affects its trade status and relationship with the United States.