Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Ecuador instead of American Samoa, you would:

Health

live 3.6 years longer


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Ecuador, that number is 77 years (74 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

be 84.6% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Ecuador, that number is 4.6%.

Life

be 45.1% more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ecuador, on the other hand, 16.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 64.4% more likely to have access to electricity


In American Samoa, 59% of people have electricity access (60% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas). In Ecuador, that number is 97% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 92% in rural areas).

be 72.8% more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Ecuador, about 54.1% do.

be 13.1% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In American Samoa, approximately 100% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas). In Ecuador, that number is 87% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Geography

see 19.3 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Ecuador, that number is 2,237 km.

Ecuador: At a glance

Ecuador is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 276,841 sq km. What is now Ecuador formed part of the northern Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in 1533. Quito became a seat of Spanish colonial government in 1563 and part of the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1717. The territories of the Viceroyalty - New Granada (Colombia), Venezuela, and Quito - gained their independence between 1819 and 1822 and formed a federation known as Gran Colombia. When Quito withdrew in 1830, the traditional name was changed in favor of the "Republic of the Equator." Between 1904 and 1942, Ecuador lost territories in a series of conflicts with its neighbors. A border war with Peru that flared in 1995 was resolved in 1999. Although Ecuador marked 30 years of civilian governance in 2004, the period was marred by political instability. Protests in Quito contributed to the mid-term ouster of three of Ecuador's last four democratically elected presidents. In late 2008, voters approved a new constitution, Ecuador's 20th since gaining independence. General elections were held in February 2013, and voters re-elected President Rafael CORREA.

How big is Ecuador compared to American Samoa? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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