Quality of Life Comparison


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


live 27.2 years longer

In Somalia, the average life expectancy is 53 years (51 years for men, 55 years for women). In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women).

be 4.4 times more likely to be obese

In Somalia, 8.3% of adults are obese. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people.


be 98.1% less likely to die during childbirth

In Somalia, approximately 732.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In United States, 14.0 women do.

be 93.9% less likely to die during infancy

In Somalia, approximately 94.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In United States, on the other hand, 5.8 children do.

have 68.4% less children

In Somalia, there are approximately 39.6 babies per 1,000 people. In United States, there are 12.5 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 6.7 times more likely to have access to electricity

In Somalia, 15% of the population has electricity access. In United States, 100% of the population do.

be 40.1 times more likely to have internet access

In Somalia, approximately 1.9% of the population has internet access. In United States, about 76.2% do.

be 3.1 times more likely to have access to improved drinking water

In Somalia, approximately 32% of people have improved drinking water access (70% in urban areas, and 9% in rural areas). In United States, that number is 99% of people on average (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas).


see 6.6 times more coastline

Somalia has a total of 3,025 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.

Learn more about United States

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 Somalia? See an in-depth size comparison.

The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.