Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.4 years longer


In Ghana, the average life expectancy is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women). In American Samoa, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Ghana has a GDP per capita of $4,700, while in American Samoa, the GDP per capita is $11,200.

be 2.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In Ghana, 11.9% of adults are unemployed. In American Samoa, that number is 29.8%.

Life

be 67.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Ghana, approximately 35.2 children die before they reach the age of one. In American Samoa, on the other hand, 11.3 children do.

have 35.7% fewer children


In Ghana, there are approximately 30.5 babies per 1,000 people. In American Samoa, there are 19.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 12.7% more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Ghana, approximately 89% of people have improved drinking water access (93% in urban areas, and 84% in rural areas). In American Samoa, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

be 18.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In Ghana, 72% of people have electricity access (92% in urban areas, and 50% in rural areas). In American Samoa, that number is 59% of people on average (60% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

Geography

see 78.5% less coastline


Ghana has a total of 539 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 Ghana? 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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