Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 19.6 years less


In American Samoa, the average life expectancy is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women). In Nigeria, that number is 54 years (53 years for men, 55 years for women).

Economy

be 55.0% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Nigeria, that number is 13.4%.

make 47.3% less money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Nigeria, the GDP per capita is $5,900.

Life

have 88.3% more children


In American Samoa, there are approximately 19.6 babies per 1,000 people. In Nigeria, there are 36.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 6.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nigeria, on the other hand, 69.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 23.7% less 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 Nigeria, that number is 45% of people on average (55% in urban areas, and 37% in rural areas).

be 17.9% less likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Nigeria, about 25.7% do.

be 31.5% 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 Nigeria, that number is 68% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas).

Geography

see 7.4 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Nigeria, that number is 853 km.

Nigeria: At a glance

Nigeria is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 910,768 sq km. British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy; independence came in 1960. Following nearly 16 years of military rule, a new constitution was adopted in 1999, and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. The government continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, and institutionalizing democracy. In addition, Nigeria continues to experience longstanding ethnic and religious tensions. Although both the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections were marred by significant irregularities and violence, Nigeria is currently experiencing its longest period of civilian rule since independence. The general elections of April 2007 marked the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power in the country's history and the elections of 2011 were generally regarded as credible. In January 2014, Nigeria assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

How big is Nigeria 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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