Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Economy

make 18.8% more money


American Samoa has a GDP per capita of $11,200, while in Peru, the GDP per capita is $13,300.

be 77.5% less likely to be unemployed


In American Samoa, 29.8% of adults are unemployed. In Peru, that number is 6.7%.

Life

be 62.8% more likely to die during infancy


In American Samoa, approximately 11.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In Peru, on the other hand, 18.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 54.2% 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 Peru, that number is 91% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 73% in rural areas).

be 45.4% more likely to have internet access


In American Samoa, approximately 31.3% of the population has internet access. In Peru, about 45.5% do.

be 13.3% 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 Peru, that number is 87% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 69% in rural areas).

Geography

see 20.8 times more coastline


American Samoa has a total of 116 km of coastline. In Peru, that number is 2,414 km.

Peru: At a glance

Peru is a sovereign country in South America, with a total land area of approximately 1,279,996 sq km. Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces were defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency. President Alberto FUJIMORI's election in 1990 ushered in a decade that saw a dramatic turnaround in the economy and significant progress in curtailing guerrilla activity. Nevertheless, the president's increasing reliance on authoritarian measures and an economic slump in the late 1990s generated mounting dissatisfaction with his regime, which led to his resignation in 2000. A caretaker government oversaw new elections in the spring of 2001, which installed Alejandro TOLEDO Manrique as the new head of government - Peru's first democratically elected president of indigenous ethnicity. The presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan GARCIA Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, oversaw a robust economic rebound. In June 2011, former army officer Ollanta HUMALA Tasso was elected president, defeating Keiko FUJIMORI Higuchi, the daughter of Alberto FUJIMORI. Since his election, HUMALA has carried on the sound, market-oriented economic policies of the three preceding administrations.

How big is Peru 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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