Quality of Life Comparison

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

Health

be 85.1% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Burundi, that number is 5.4% of people.

live 19.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Burundi, that number is 61 years (59 years for men, 63 years for women).

Economy

make 98.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Burundi, the GDP per capita is $700.

be 4.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Burundi, however, that number is 64.6%.

Life

have 3.3 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Burundi, there are 41.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 50.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Burundi, 712.0 women do.

be 10.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Burundi, on the other hand, 58.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 95.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Burundi, 5% of the population do.

be 93.2% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Burundi, about 5.2% do.

be 23.5% 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 Burundi, that number is 76% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 74% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 56.1% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Burundi, that number is 7.5% of GDP.

Learn more about Burundi

Burundi is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 25,680 sq km. Burundi's first democratically elected president was assassinated in October 1993 after only 100 days in office, triggering widespread ethnic violence between Hutu and Tutsi factions. More than 200,000 Burundians perished during the conflict that spanned almost a dozen years. Hundreds of thousands of Burundians were internally displaced or became refugees in neighboring countries. An internationally brokered power-sharing agreement between the Tutsi-dominated government and the Hutu rebels in 2003 paved the way for a transition process that led to an integrated defense force, established a new constitution in 2005, and elected a majority Hutu government in 2005. The government of President Pierre NKURUNZIZA, who was reelected in 2010, continues to face many political and economic challenges.

How big is Burundi 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.