Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 15.7 years longer

In Rwanda, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 66 years for women). In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 6.2 times more likely to be obese

In Rwanda, 5.8% of adults are obese. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people.


make 28.3 times more money

Rwanda has a GDP per capita of $2,100, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,500.

be 61.4% less likely to be live below the poverty line

In Rwanda, 39.1% live below the poverty line. In United States, however, that number is 15.1%.

be 63.0% more likely to be unemployed

In Rwanda, 2.7% of adults are unemployed. In United States, that number is 4.4%.

spend 32.0% more on taxes

Rwanda has a top tax rate of 30.0%. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6%.


be 95.2% less likely to die during childbirth

In Rwanda, approximately 290.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In United States, 14.0 women do.

be 80.5% less likely to die during infancy

In Rwanda, approximately 29.7 children die before they reach the age of one. In United States, on the other hand, 5.8 children do.

have 59.3% less children

In Rwanda, there are approximately 30.7 babies per 1,000 people. In United States, there are 12.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 4.8 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Rwanda, 21% of the population has electricity access. In United States, 100% of the population do.

be 30.4% more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Rwanda, approximately 76% of people have improved drinking water access (87% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas). In United States, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).


spend 42.9% more on education

Rwanda spends 3.5% of its total GDP on education. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education.

spend 2.3 times more on healthcare

Rwanda spends 7.5% of its total GDP on healthcare. In United States, that number is 17.1% of GDP.

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 Rwanda? See an in-depth size comparison.

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


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