Quality of Life Comparison


If you lived in United States instead of Nigeria, you would:


live 26.2 years longer

In Nigeria, the average life expectancy is 54 years (53 years for men, 55 years for women). In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 4.1 times more likely to be obese

In Nigeria, 8.9% of adults are obese. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people.


make 10.1 times more money

Nigeria has a GDP per capita of $5,900, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,500.

be 67.2% less likely to be unemployed

In Nigeria, 13.4% of adults are unemployed. In United States, that number is 4.4%.

be 78.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Nigeria, 70.0% live below the poverty line. In United States, however, that number is 15.1%.

spend 65.0% more on taxes

Nigeria has a top tax rate of 24.0%. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6%.


be 98.3% less likely to die during childbirth

In Nigeria, approximately 814.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In United States, 14.0 women do.

be 91.7% less likely to die during infancy

In Nigeria, approximately 69.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In United States, on the other hand, 5.8 children do.

have 66.1% fewer children

In Nigeria, there are approximately 36.9 babies per 1,000 people. In United States, there are 12.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 2.2 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Nigeria, 45% of the population has electricity access. In United States, 100% of the population do.

be 3.0 times more likely to have internet access

In Nigeria, approximately 25.7% of the population has internet access. In United States, about 76.2% do.

be 44.8% 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 United States, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).


spend 4.6 times more on healthcare

Nigeria spends 3.7% of its total GDP on healthcare. In United States, that number is 17.1% of GDP.


see 23.4 times more coastline

Nigeria has a total of 853 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.

United States: At a glance

United States (sometimes abbreviated US or USA) is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 9,147,593 sq km. Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the original 13 as the nation expanded across the North American continent and acquired a number of overseas possessions. The two most traumatic experiences in the nation's history were the Civil War (1861-65), in which a northern Union of states defeated a secessionist Confederacy of 11 southern slave states, and the Great Depression of the 1930s, an economic downturn during which about a quarter of the labor force lost its jobs. Buoyed by victories in World Wars I and II and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the US remains the world's most powerful nation state. Since the end of World War II, the economy has achieved relatively steady growth, low unemployment and inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

How big is United States compared to Nigeria? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria.


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