Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 68.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Cameroon, that number is 11.4% of people.

live 21.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Cameroon, that number is 59 years (58 years for men, 60 years for women).

Economy

spend 11.6% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Cameroon, the top tax rate is 35.0%.

make 93.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Cameroon, the GDP per capita is $3,700.

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


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

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Cameroon, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 42.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Cameroon, 596.0 women do.

be 8.8 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Cameroon, on the other hand, 51.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Cameroon, 55% of the population do.

be 67.2% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Cameroon, about 25.0% do.

be 23.8% 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 Cameroon, that number is 76% of people on average (95% in urban areas, and 53% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 44.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Cameroon spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 76.0% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Cameroon, that number is 4.1% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Cameroon, that number is 402 km.

Cameroon: At a glance

Cameroon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 472,710 sq km. French Cameroon became independent in 1960 as the Republic of Cameroon. The following year the southern portion of neighboring British Cameroon voted to merge with the new country to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. In 1972, a new constitution replaced the federation with a unitary state, the United Republic of Cameroon. The country has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.

How big is Cameroon 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, Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Service.

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