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 as of 2016. In Burkina Faso, that number is 5.6% of people as of 2016.

live 17.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Burkina Faso, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 64 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 96.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Burkina Faso, the GDP per capita is $1,900 as of 2017.

be 17.5 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Burkina Faso, that number is 77.0% as of 2004.

be 2.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Burkina Faso, however, that number is 40.1% as of 2009.

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Burkina Faso, there are 35.1 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 16.8 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 Burkina Faso, 320.0 women do as of 2017.

be 9.8 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 Burkina Faso, on the other hand, 52.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 80.8% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Burkina Faso, 19% of the population do as of 2016.

be 81.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Burkina Faso, about 16.0% do as of 2018.

be 23.6% 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 Burkina Faso, that number is 76% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 16.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Burkina Faso spends 4.2% of total GDP on education as of 2015.

Burkina Faso: At a glance

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.

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