Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 47.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Botswana, that number is 18.9% of people.

live 16.7 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Botswana, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

spend 36.9% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Botswana, the top tax rate is 25.0%.

make 70.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Botswana, the GDP per capita is $17,800.

be 4.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Botswana, that number is 20.0%.

be 27.8% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Botswana, however, that number is 19.3%.

Life

have 76.8% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Botswana, there are 22.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 9.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Botswana, 129.0 women do.

be 5.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Botswana, on the other hand, 29.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 34.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Botswana, 66% of the population do.

be 48.3% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Botswana, about 39.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 68.4% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Botswana, that number is 5.4% of GDP.

spend 92.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Botswana spends 9.6% of total GDP on education.

Learn more about Botswana

Botswana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 566,730 sq km. Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name upon independence in 1966. More than four decades of uninterrupted civilian leadership, progressive social policies, and significant capital investment have created one of the most stable economies in Africa. Mineral extraction, principally diamond mining, dominates economic activity, though tourism is a growing sector due to the country's conservation practices and extensive nature preserves. Botswana has one of the world's highest known rates of HIV/AIDS infection, but also one of Africa's most progressive and comprehensive programs for dealing with the disease.

How big is Botswana 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, Botswana Unified Revenue Service, Internal Revenue Service.