Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 83.1% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Chad, that number is 6.1% of people.

live 29.4 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Chad, that number is 51 years (49 years for men, 52 years for women).

Economy

make 96.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Chad, the GDP per capita is $2,300.

be 3.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Chad, however, that number is 46.7%.

spend 51.5% more on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Chad, the top tax rate is 60.0%.

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Chad, there are 35.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 61.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Chad, 856.0 women do.

be 14.7 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Chad, on the other hand, 85.4 children do.

Basic Needs

be 96.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Chad, 4% of the population do.

be 93.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Chad, about 5.0% do.

be 48.8% 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 Chad, that number is 51% of people on average (72% in urban areas, and 45% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 42.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Chad spends 2.9% of total GDP on education.

spend 78.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Chad, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

Learn more about Chad

Chad is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,259,200 sq km. Chad, part of France's African holdings until 1960, endured three decades of civil warfare, as well as invasions by Libya, before a semblance of peace was finally restored in 1990. The government eventually drafted a democratic constitution and held flawed presidential elections in 1996 and 2001. In 1998, a rebellion broke out in northern Chad, which has sporadically flared up despite several peace agreements between the government and the insurgents. In 2005, new rebel groups emerged in western Sudan and made probing attacks into eastern Chad despite signing peace agreements in December 2006 and October 2007. In June 2005, President Idriss DEBY held a referendum successfully removing constitutional term limits and won another controversial election in 2006. Sporadic rebel campaigns continued throughout 2006 and 2007. The capital experienced a significant insurrection in early 2008, but has had no significant rebel threats since then, in part due to Chad's 2010 rapprochement with Sudan, which previously used Chadian rebels as proxies. DEBY in 2011 was reelected to his fourth term in an election that international observers described as proceeding without incident. Power remains in the hands of an ethnic minority. In January 2014, Chad began a two year rotation on the UN Security Council.

How big is Chad 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, Internal Revenue Service, General Inspectorate of Finance.