Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 4.8 years less


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Guyana, that number is 69 years (66 years for men, 72 years for women).

Economy

be 62.8% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Guyana, that number is 11.1%.

make 26.8% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Guyana, the GDP per capita is $8,200.

Life

be 2.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Guyana, on the other hand, 30.4 children do.

have 21.4% less children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 19.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Guyana, there are 15.4 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 33.9% 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 Guyana, that number is 79% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 75% in rural areas).

be 14.1% more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Guyana, about 35.7% do.

Geography

see 4.0 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Guyana, that number is 459 km.

Guyana: At a glance

Guyana is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 196,849 sq km. Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments. In 1992, Cheddi JAGAN was elected president in what is considered the country's first free and fair election since independence. After his death five years later, his wife, Janet JAGAN, became president but resigned in 1999 due to poor health. Her successor, Bharrat JAGDEO, was reelected in 2001 and again in 2006. Donald RAMOTAR was elected president in 2011.

How big is Guyana 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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