Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.4 years less


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Ghana, that number is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

be 60.1% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Ghana, that number is 11.9%.

make 58.0% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700.

Life

have 55.6% more children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 19.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Ghana, there are 30.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ghana, on the other hand, 35.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 22.0% 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 Ghana, that number is 72% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas).

be 10.9% more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Ghana, about 34.7% do.

be 11.3% 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 Ghana, that number is 89% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 84% in rural areas).

Geography

see 4.6 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Ghana, that number is 539 km.

Ghana: At a glance

Ghana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 227,533 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.

How big is Ghana 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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