Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Equatorial Guinea instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 77.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.0% of people as of 2016.

live 14.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 66 years (64 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 11.6% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Equatorial Guinea, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

make 37.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Equatorial Guinea, the GDP per capita is $37,400 as of 2017.

be 95.5% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 8.6% as of 2014.

be 2.9 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Equatorial Guinea, however, that number is 44.0% as of 2011.

Life

have 2.5 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Equatorial Guinea, there are 30.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 15.8 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 Equatorial Guinea, 301.0 women do as of 2017.

be 11.3 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 Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, 59.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 32.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Equatorial Guinea, 68% of the population do as of 2016.

be 69.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Equatorial Guinea, about 26.2% do as of 2018.

be 31.7% 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 Equatorial Guinea, that number is 68% of people on average (82% in urban areas, and 32% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 98.5% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Equatorial Guinea, that number is 296 km.

Equatorial Guinea: At a glance

Equatorial Guinea is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 28,051 sq km. Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule. This tiny country, composed of a mainland portion plus five inhabited islands, is one of the smallest on the African continent. President Teodoro Obiang NGUEMA MBASOGO has ruled the country since 1979 when he seized power in a coup. Although nominally a constitutional democracy since 1991, the 1996, 2002, and 2009 presidential elections - as well as the 1999, 2004, 2008, and 2013 legislative elections - were widely seen as flawed. The president exerts almost total control over the political system and has discouraged political opposition. Equatorial Guinea has experienced rapid economic growth due to the discovery of large offshore oil reserves, and in the last decade has become Sub-Saharan Africa's third largest oil exporter. Despite the country's economic windfall from oil production, resulting in a massive increase in government revenue in recent years, improvements in the population's living standards have been slow to develop.

How big is Equatorial Guinea 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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