Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Cabo Verde instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 67.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Cabo Verde, that number is 11.8% of people.

live 7.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Cabo Verde, that number is 72 years (70 years for men, 75 years for women).

Economy

make 88.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Cabo Verde, the GDP per capita is $6,900.

be 2.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Cabo Verde, that number is 9.0%.

be 98.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Cabo Verde, however, that number is 30.0%.

Life

have 60.0% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Cabo Verde, there are 20.0 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Cabo Verde, 42.0 women do.

be 3.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cabo Verde, on the other hand, 21.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 29.4% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Cabo Verde, 71% of the population do.

be 36.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Cabo Verde, about 48.2% do.

Expenditures

spend 71.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cabo Verde, that number is 4.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 95.2% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Cabo Verde, that number is 965 km.

Learn more about Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 4,033 sq km. The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cabo Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cabo Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cabo Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cabo Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.

How big is Cabo Verde 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.