Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 58.6% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Gabon, that number is 15.0% of people as of 2016.

live 11.3 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Gabon, that number is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 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 Gabon, the top tax rate is 35.0% as of 2016.

make 69.7% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Gabon, the GDP per capita is $18,100 as of 2017.

be 6.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Gabon, that number is 28.0% as of 2015.

be 2.3 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Gabon, however, that number is 34.3% as of 2015.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Gabon, there are 26.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 13.3 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 Gabon, 252.0 women do as of 2017.

be 5.7 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 Gabon, on the other hand, 30.4 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 29.0% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Gabon, about 62.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 46.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Gabon spends 2.7% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

see 95.6% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Gabon, that number is 885 km.

Gabon: At a glance

Gabon is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 257,667 sq km. El Hadj Omar BONGO Ondimba - one of the longest-serving heads of state in the world - dominated the country's political scene for four decades (1967-2009) following independence from France in 1960. President BONGO introduced a nominal multiparty system and a new constitution in the early 1990s. However, allegations of electoral fraud during local elections in December 2002 and the presidential elections in 2005 exposed the weaknesses of formal political structures in Gabon. Following President BONGO's death in 2009, new elections brought Ali BONGO Ondimba, son of the former president, to power. Despite constrained political conditions, Gabon's small population, abundant natural resources, and considerable foreign support have helped make it one of the more stable African countries.

How big is Gabon 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, General Direction of Taxes, Internal Revenue Service.

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