Comparing United States to Ghana

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


MAKE 93.4% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Ghana  GHANA ($3,500.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Ghana, that number is $3,500.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Ghana GDP

LIVE 13.8 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Ghana  GHANA (65.75 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 65.75.
Category: United States vs. Ghana life expectancy

CONSUME 98.3% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Ghana  GHANA (206 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Ghana, it is 206 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Ghana electricity consumption

BE 2.3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE LIVING WITH AIDS


United States  UNITED STATES (0.6% of people)
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Ghana  GHANA (1.4% of people)
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That's 133.3% more likely! In United States, 0.6% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Ghana, that number is 1.4%.
Category: United States vs. Ghana AIDS percentage

BE 12.1% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Ghana  GHANA (87.2% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Ghana, 87.2% do.
Category: United States vs. Ghana drinking water access

BE 6.24 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Ghana  GHANA (38.52 per 1000 infants)
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That's 524.3% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Ghana, on the other hand, there are a total of 38.52 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Ghana infant mortality

BE 50.7% MORE LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Ghana  GHANA (11% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Ghana 11% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Ghana unemployment rate

HAVE 2.34 TIMES MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Ghana  GHANA (31.40 babies per 1000 people)
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That's 134% more babies! In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Ghana, however, there are a total of 31.40 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Ghana birth rate

BE 88.7% MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Ghana  GHANA (28.5% of people)
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In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Ghana, 28.5% are.
Category: United States vs. Ghana poverty

SEE A 97.3% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Ghana  GHANA (539km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Ghana has a total of 539 km.
Category: United States vs. Ghana coastline

At a Glance: Ghana

  • Land Area: ~239 thousand sq km (United States is ~41 times bigger than Ghana)
  • Population: ~26 million people (293 million more people live in United States)

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

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Ghana (238,533 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Ghana

Ghana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 238,533 sq km. Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. Ghana endured a long series of coups before Lt. Jerry RAWLINGS took power in 1981 and banned political parties. After approving a new constitution and restoring multiparty politics in 1992, RAWLINGS won presidential elections in 1992 and 1996 but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000. John KUFUOR succeeded him and was reelected in 2004. John Atta MILLS won the 2008 presidential election and took over as head of state, but he died in July 2012 and was constitutionally succeeded by his vice president John Dramani MAHAMA, who subsequently won the December 2012 presidential election.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).