Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 87.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ethiopia, that number is 4.5% of people as of 2016.

live 12.8 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Ethiopia, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 70 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 Ethiopia, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

make 96.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Ethiopia, the GDP per capita is $2,200 as of 2017.

be 4.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Ethiopia, that number is 17.5% as of 2012.

be 96.0% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Ethiopia, however, that number is 29.6% as of 2014.

Life

have 2.5 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Ethiopia, there are 31.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 21.1 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 Ethiopia, 401.0 women do as of 2017.

be 6.8 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 Ethiopia, on the other hand, 35.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 57.1% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Ethiopia, 43% of the population do as of 2017.

be 78.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Ethiopia, about 18.6% do as of 2018.

be 30.4% 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 Ethiopia, that number is 69% of people on average (97% in urban areas, and 62% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Ethiopia: At a glance

Ethiopia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,096,570 sq km. Unique among African countries, the ancient Ethiopian monarchy maintained its freedom from colonial rule with the exception of a short-lived Italian occupation from 1936-41. In 1974, a military junta, the Derg, deposed Emperor Haile SELASSIE (who had ruled since 1930) and established a socialist state. Torn by bloody coups, uprisings, wide-scale drought, and massive refugee problems, the regime was finally toppled in 1991 by a coalition of rebel forces, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). A constitution was adopted in 1994, and Ethiopia's first multiparty elections were held in 1995. A border war with Eritrea late in the 1990s ended with a peace treaty in December 2000. In November 2007, the Eritrea-Ethiopia Border Commission (EEBC) issued specific coordinates as virtually demarcating the border and pronounced its work finished. Alleging that the EEBC acted beyond its mandate in issuing the coordinates, Ethiopia has not accepted them and has not withdrawn troops from previously contested areas pronounced by the EEBC as belonging to Eritrea. In August 2012, longtime leader Prime Minister MELES Zenawi died in office and was replaced by his Deputy Prime Minister HAILEMARIAM Desalegn, marking the first peaceful transition of power in decades.

How big is Ethiopia 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, Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority.

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