Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 14.4 years longer

In Cameroon, the average life expectancy is 59 years (58 years for men, 60 years for women). In American Samoa, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).


make 3.0 times more money

Cameroon has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in American Samoa, the GDP per capita is $11,200.

be 6.9 times more likely to be unemployed

In Cameroon, 4.3% of adults are unemployed. In American Samoa, that number is 29.8%.


be 77.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Cameroon, approximately 51.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In American Samoa, on the other hand, 11.3 children do.

have 44.6% fewer children

In Cameroon, there are approximately 35.4 babies per 1,000 people. In American Samoa, there are 19.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 25.2% more likely to have internet access

In Cameroon, approximately 25.0% of the population has internet access. In American Samoa, about 31.3% do.

be 32.3% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Cameroon, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (95% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas). In American Samoa, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


see 71.1% less coastline

Cameroon has a total of 402 km of coastline. In American Samoa, that number is 116 km.

American Samoa: At a glance

American Samoa (sometimes abbreviated AS) is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 199 sq km. Settled as early as 1000 B.C., Samoa was not reached by European explorers until the 18th century. International rivalries in the latter half of the 19th century were settled by an 1899 treaty in which Germany and the US divided the Samoan archipelago. The US formally occupied its portion - a smaller group of eastern islands with the excellent harbor of Pago Pago - the following year.

How big is American Samoa compared to Cameroon? 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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