Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 78.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Comoros, that number is 7.8% of people.

live 15.4 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Comoros, that number is 65 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women).

Economy

make 97.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Comoros, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 47.7% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Comoros, that number is 6.5%.

be 3.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Comoros, however, that number is 44.8%.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Comoros, there are 26.1 babies per 1,000 people.

be 23.9 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Comoros, 335.0 women do.

be 10.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Comoros, on the other hand, 60.0 children do.

Basic Needs

be 31.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Comoros, 69% of the population do.

be 89.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Comoros, about 7.9% do.

Expenditures

spend 14.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Comoros spends 4.3% of total GDP on education.

spend 60.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Comoros, that number is 6.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.3% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Comoros, that number is 340 km.

Comoros: At a glance

Comoros is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 2,235 sq km. Comoros has endured more than 20 coups or attempted coups since gaining independence from France in 1975. In 1997, the islands of Anjouan and Moheli declared independence from Comoros. In 1999, military chief Col. AZALI seized power of the entire government in a bloodless coup, and helped negotiate the 2000 Fomboni Accords power-sharing agreement in which the federal presidency rotates among the three islands, and each island maintains its local government. AZALI won the 2002 federal presidential election, and each island in the archipelago elected its president. AZALI stepped down in 2006 and President SAMBI was elected to office. In 2007, Mohamed BACAR effected Anjouan's de-facto secession from the Union of Comoros, refusing to step down when Comoros' other islands held legitimate elections in July. The African Union (AU) initially attempted to resolve the political crisis by applying sanctions and a naval blockade to Anjouan, but in March 2008 the AU and Comoran soldiers seized the island. The island's inhabitants generally welcomed the move. In May 2011, Ikililou DHOININE won the presidency in peaceful elections widely deemed to be free and fair.

How big is Comoros 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.

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