Quality of life comparison
If you lived in United States instead of South Africa, you would:
live 15.5 years longer
In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020. In United States, that number is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020.
be 27.9% more likely to be obese
In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese as of 2016. In United States, that number is 36.2% of people as of 2016.
make 4.4 times more money
South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,600 as of 2017, while in United States, the GDP per capita is $59,800 as of 2017.
be 84.0% less likely to be unemployed
In South Africa, 27.5% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In United States, that number is 4.4% as of 2017.
pay a 12.0% lower top tax rate
South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0% as of 2017. In United States, the top tax rate is 39.6% as of 2016.
be 84.0% less likely to die during childbirth
In South Africa, approximately 119.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In United States, 19.0 women do as of 2017.
be 80.9% less likely to die during infancy
In South Africa, approximately 27.8 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In United States, on the other hand, 5.3 children do as of 2020.
have 35.4% fewer children
In South Africa, there are approximately 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In United States, there are 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 18.8% more likely to have access to electricity
In South Africa, approximately 84% of the population has electricity access as of 2017. In United States, 100% of the population do as of 2016.
be 55.4% more likely to have internet access
In South Africa, approximately 56.2% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In United States, about 87.3% do as of 2018.
spend 19.4% less on education
South Africa spends 6.2% of its total GDP on education as of 2018. United States spends 5.0% of total GDP on education as of 2014.
see 7.1 times more coastline
South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In United States, that number is 19,924 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, South African Revenue Service.
United States: At a glance
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