Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 2.7 years less

In Mexico, the average life expectancy is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women). In American Samoa, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).


make 43.7% less money

Mexico has a GDP per capita of $19,900, while in American Samoa, the GDP per capita is $11,200.

be 8.3 times more likely to be unemployed

In Mexico, 3.6% of adults are unemployed. In American Samoa, that number is 29.8%.

Basic Needs

be 40.4% less likely to have access to electricity

In Mexico, 99% of people have electricity access (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas). In American Samoa, that number is 59% of people on average (60% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 47.4% less likely to have internet access

In Mexico, approximately 59.5% of the population has internet access. In American Samoa, about 31.3% do.


see 98.8% less coastline

Mexico has a total of 9,330 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 Mexico? 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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