Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 73.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Benin, that number is 9.6% of people as of 2016.

live 18.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Benin, that number is 61 years (60 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 77.3% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Benin, that number is 1.0% as of 2014.

make 96.2% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Benin, the GDP per capita is $2,300 as of 2017.

be 2.4 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Benin, however, that number is 36.2% as of 2011.

Life

have 3.4 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Benin, there are 42.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 20.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 19.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor as of 2017. In Benin, 397.0 women do as of 2017.

be 11.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.3 children die before they reach the age of one as of 2020. In Benin, on the other hand, 58.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 58.6% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Benin, 41% of the population do as of 2017.

be 77.1% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Benin, about 20.0% do as of 2018.

be 22.8% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Benin, that number is 76% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 72% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 20.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Benin spends 4.0% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 99.4% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Benin, that number is 121 km.

Benin: At a glance

Benin is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 110,622 sq km. Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a West African kingdom that rose to prominence in about 1600 and over the next two and half centuries became a regional power, largely based on its slave trade. Coastal areas of Dahomey began to be controlled by the French in the second half of the 19th century; the entire kingdom was conquered by 1894. French Dahomey achieved independence in 1960; it changed its name to the Republic of Benin in 1975. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI, who won a second five-year term in March 2011, has attempted to stem corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

How big is Benin 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.

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