Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Botswana, you would:
live 15.5 years longer
In Botswana, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020. In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.
be 91.5% more likely to be obese
In Botswana, 18.9% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 3.5 times more money
Botswana has a GDP per capita of $17,000 as of 2017, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,800 as of 2017.
be 78.0% less likely to be unemployed
In Botswana, 20.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In United States, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.
be 21.8% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Botswana, 19.3% live below the poverty line as of 2009. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
pay a 58.4% higher top tax rate
Botswana has a top tax rate of 25.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
be 86.8% less likely to die during childbirth
In Botswana, approximately 144.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 80.2% less likely to die during infancy
In Botswana, approximately 26.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In United States, on the other hand, 5.3 children do as of 2020.
have 40.7% fewer children
In Botswana, there are approximately 20.9 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In United States, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 64.7% more likely to have access to electricity
In Botswana, approximately 61% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In United States, 100% of the population do as of 2016.
be 85.7% more likely to have internet access
In Botswana, approximately 47.0% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In United States, about 87.3% do as of 2018.
spend 47.9% less on education
Botswana spends 9.6% of its total GDP on education as of 2009. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Botswana Unified Revenue Service, Internal Revenue Service.
United States: At a glance
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