Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in American Samoa instead of United States, you would:

Health

live 6.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In American Samoa, that number is 73 years (71 years for men, 76 years for women).

Economy

make 81.2% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in American Samoa, the GDP per capita is $11,200.

be 6.8 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In American Samoa, that number is 29.8%.

Life

have 56.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In American Samoa, there are 19.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 94.8% more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In American Samoa, on the other hand, 11.3 children do.

Basic Needs

be 41.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In American Samoa, 59% of the population do.

be 58.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In American Samoa, about 31.3% do.

Geography

see 99.4% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In American Samoa, that number is 116 km.

Learn more about American Samoa

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 United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


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