Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 19.6 years longer

In Nigeria, the average life expectancy is 54 years (53 years for men, 55 years for women). In American Samoa, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).


make 89.8% more money

Nigeria has a GDP per capita of $5,900, while in American Samoa, the GDP per capita is $11,200.

be 2.2 times more likely to be unemployed

In Nigeria, 13.4% of adults are unemployed. In American Samoa, that number is 29.8%.


be 83.8% less likely to die during infancy

In Nigeria, approximately 69.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In American Samoa, on the other hand, 11.3 children do.

have 46.9% fewer children

In Nigeria, there are approximately 36.9 babies per 1,000 people. In American Samoa, there are 19.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 31.1% more likely to have access to electricity

In Nigeria, 45% of people have electricity access (55% in urban areas, and 37% in rural areas). In American Samoa, that number is 59% of people on average (60% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 21.8% more likely to have internet access

In Nigeria, approximately 25.7% of the population has internet access. In American Samoa, about 31.3% do.

be 46.0% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Nigeria, approximately 68% of people have improved drinking water access (81% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas). In American Samoa, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).


see 86.4% less coastline

Nigeria has a total of 853 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 Nigeria? 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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