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


be 83.1% less likely to be obese

In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Chad, that number is 6.1% of people as of 2016.

live 22.0 years less

In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Chad, that number is 58 years (56 years for men, 60 years for women) as of 2020.


make 96.2% less money

United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Chad, the GDP per capita is $2,300 as of 2017.

be 3.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line

In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Chad, however, that number is 46.7% as of 2011.

pay a 51.5% higher top tax rate

United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Chad, the top tax rate is 60.0% as of 2016.


have 3.4 times more children

In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Chad, there are 41.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 60.0 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 Chad, 1140.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.9 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 Chad, on the other hand, 68.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 91.2% less likely to have access to electricity

In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Chad, 9% of the population do as of 2017.

be 92.6% less likely to have internet access

In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Chad, about 6.5% do as of 2018.

be 43.7% 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 Chad, that number is 56% of people on average (87% in urban areas, and 47% in rural areas) as of 2017.


spend 42.0% less on education

United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Chad spends 2.9% of total GDP on education as of 2013.

The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, General Inspectorate of Finance.

Chad: At a glance

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.
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