Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in French Polynesia instead of United States, you would:

Health

live 2.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In French Polynesia, that number is 77 years (75 years for men, 80 years for women).

Economy

make 71.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in French Polynesia, the GDP per capita is $17,000.

be 5.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In French Polynesia, that number is 21.8%.

be 30.5% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In French Polynesia, however, that number is 19.7%.

Life

be 20.7% less likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In French Polynesia, on the other hand, 4.6 children do.

have 18.4% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In French Polynesia, there are 14.8 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 41.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In French Polynesia, 59% of the population do.

be 10.2% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In French Polynesia, about 68.4% do.

Geography

see 87.3% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In French Polynesia, that number is 2,525 km.

Learn more about French Polynesia

French Polynesia is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 3,827 sq km. The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were halted in January 1996. In recent years, French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.

How big is French Polynesia 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.