Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Burkina Faso instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 84.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people.

live 24.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Burkina Faso, that number is 56 years (54 years for men, 58 years for women).

Economy

make 96.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900.

be 17.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0%.

be 2.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1%.

Life

have 3.3 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Burkina Faso, there are 41.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 26.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Burkina Faso, 371.0 women do.

be 12.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 72.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 83.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Burkina Faso, 17% of the population do.

be 81.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Burkina Faso, about 14.0% do.

be 17.0% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Burkina Faso, that number is 82% of people on average (98% in urban areas, and 76% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 16.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education.

spend 70.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.0% of GDP.

Learn more about Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 273,800 sq km. Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) achieved independence from France in 1960. Repeated military coups during the 1970s and 1980s were followed by multiparty elections in the early 1990s. Current President Blaise COMPAORE came to power in a 1987 military coup and has won every election since then. There have been increasing protests over the belief that the president may try to run for a currently unconstitutional third term in the 2015 presidential elections. Burkina Faso's high population growth and limited natural resources result in poor economic prospects for the majority of its citizens.

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