Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in Palau instead of Kenya, you would:


live 9.1 years longer

In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 64 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women). In Palau, that number is 73 years (70 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 7.8 times more likely to be obese

In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese. In Palau, that number is 55.3% of people.


make 4.6 times more money

Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500, while in Palau, the GDP per capita is $16,200.

be 95.7% less likely to be unemployed

In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed. In Palau, that number is 1.7%.


be 23.8% more likely to be literate

In Kenya, the literacy rate is 78.0%. In Palau, it is 96.6%.

be 71.4% less likely to die during infancy

In Kenya, approximately 37.1 children die before they reach the age of one. In Palau, on the other hand, 10.6 children do.

have 52.7% fewer children

In Kenya, there are approximately 23.9 babies per 1,000 people. In Palau, there are 11.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.0 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Kenya, 20% of people have electricity access (60% in urban areas, and 7% in rural areas). In Palau, that number is 59% of people on average (62% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 38.5% more likely to have internet access

In Kenya, approximately 26.0% of the population has internet access. In Palau, about 36.0% do.

be 50.8% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Kenya, approximately 63% of people have improved drinking water access (82% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas). In Palau, that number is 95% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 86% in rural areas).


spend 57.9% more on healthcare

Kenya spends 5.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Palau, that number is 9.0% of GDP.


see 2.8 times more coastline

Kenya has a total of 536 km of coastline. In Palau, that number is 1,519 km.

Palau: At a glance

Palau is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 459 sq km. After three decades as part of the UN Trust Territory of the Pacific under US administration, this westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands opted for independence in 1978 rather than join the Federated States of Micronesia. A Compact of Free Association with the US was approved in 1986 but not ratified until 1993. It entered into force the following year when the islands gained independence.

How big is Palau compared to Kenya? 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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