Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of Malawi, you would:
live 17.1 years longer
In Malawi, the average life expectancy is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 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 6.2 times more likely to be obese
In Malawi, 5.8% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 49.8 times more money
Malawi has a GDP per capita of $1,200 as of 2017, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,800 as of 2017.
be 78.4% less likely to be unemployed
In Malawi, 20.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2013. In United States, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.
be 70.2% less likely to live below the poverty line
In Malawi, 50.7% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In United States, however, that number is 15.1% as of 2010.
pay a 32.0% higher top tax rate
Malawi 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 94.6% less likely to die during childbirth
In Malawi, approximately 349.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 86.6% less likely to die during infancy
In Malawi, approximately 39.5 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 69.1% fewer children
In Malawi, there are approximately 40.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In United States, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 9.1 times more likely to have access to electricity
In Malawi, approximately 11% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In United States, 100% of the population do as of 2016.
be 6.3 times more likely to have internet access
In Malawi, approximately 13.8% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In United States, about 87.3% do as of 2018.
be 11.6% more likely to have access to improved drinking water
In Malawi, approximately 89% of people have improved drinking water access (96% in urban areas, and 87% 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.
spend 25.0% more on education
Malawi spends 4.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2017. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: Malawi Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.
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