Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Afghanistan, you would:
live 26.9 years longer
In Afghanistan, the average life expectancy is 54 years (52 years for men, 55 years for women) as of 2022. In United States, that number is 81 years (78 years for men, 83 years for women) as of 2022.
be 6.6 times more likely to be obese
In Afghanistan, 5.5% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 30.1 times more money
Afghanistan has a GDP per capita of $2,000 as of 2020, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $60,200 as of 2020.
be 83.7% less likely to be unemployed
In Afghanistan, 23.9% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In United States, that number is 3.9% as of 2018.
be 72.3% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Afghanistan, 54.5% live below the poverty line as of 2017. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
pay a 98.0% higher top tax rate
Afghanistan has a top tax rate of 20.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
be 97.0% less likely to die during childbirth
In Afghanistan, approximately 638.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 95.1% less likely to die during infancy
In Afghanistan, approximately 104.9 children (per 1,000 live births) die before they reach the age of one as of 2022. In United States, on the other hand, 5.2 children do as of 2022.
have 65.4% fewer children
In Afghanistan, there are approximately 35.5 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022. In United States, there are 12.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2022.
be 5.1 times more likely to have internet access
In Afghanistan, approximately 18.0% of the population has internet access as of 2020. In United States, about 91.0% do as of 2020.
be 30.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Afghanistan, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2020. In United States, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas) as of 2020.
spend 56.2% more on education
Afghanistan spends 3.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2019. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
spend 27.3% more on healthcare
Afghanistan spends 13.2% of its total GDP on healthcare as of 2019. In United States, that number is 16.8% of GDP as of 2019.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Afghanistan Revenue Department, Internal Revenue Service.
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