Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Kenya, you would:
live 11.3 years longer
In Kenya, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 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 5.1 times more likely to be obese
In Kenya, 7.1% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 17.1 times more money
Kenya has a GDP per capita of $3,500 as of 2017, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,800 as of 2017.
be 89.0% less likely to be unemployed
In Kenya, 40.0% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In United States, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.
be 58.2% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Kenya, 36.1% live below the poverty line as of 2016. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
pay a 32.0% higher top tax rate
Kenya has a top tax rate of 30.0% as of 2016. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
be 94.4% less likely to die during childbirth
In Kenya, approximately 342.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 82.2% less likely to die during infancy
In Kenya, approximately 29.8 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 54.4% fewer children
In Kenya, there are approximately 27.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In United States, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 78.6% more likely to have access to electricity
In Kenya, approximately 56% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In United States, 100% of the population do as of 2016.
be 4.9 times more likely to have internet access
In Kenya, approximately 17.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In United States, about 87.3% do as of 2018.
be 45.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Kenya, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (89% in urban areas, and 60% in rural areas) as of 2017. In United States, that number is 99% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2017.
see 37.2 times more coastline
Kenya has a total of 536 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.
United States: At a glance
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