Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in American Samoa instead of Papua New Guinea, you would:

Health

live 6.1 years longer


In Papua New Guinea, the average life expectancy is 67 years (65 years for men, 70 years for women). In American Samoa, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

make 3.0 times more money


Papua New Guinea has a GDP per capita of $3,700, while in American Samoa, the GDP per capita is $11,200.

be 11.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In Papua New Guinea, 2.5% of adults are unemployed. In American Samoa, that number is 29.8%.

Life

be 68.9% less likely to die during infancy


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 36.3 children die before they reach the age of one. In American Samoa, on the other hand, 11.3 children do.

have 17.3% less children


In Papua New Guinea, there are approximately 23.7 babies per 1,000 people. In American Samoa, there are 19.6 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 3.3 times more likely to have access to electricity


In Papua New Guinea, 18% of people have electricity access (72% in urban areas, and 10% in rural areas). In American Samoa, that number is 59% of people on average (60% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

be 3.3 times more likely to have internet access


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 9.6% of the population has internet access. In American Samoa, about 31.3% do.

be 2.5 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water


In Papua New Guinea, approximately 40% of people have improved drinking water access (88% in urban areas, and 33% in rural areas). In American Samoa, that number is 100% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 100% in rural areas).

Geography

see 97.7% less coastline


Papua New Guinea has a total of 5,152 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 Papua New Guinea? 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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