Quality of Life Comparison

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If you lived in Gambia, The instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 71.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Gambia, The, that number is 10.3% of people.

live 14.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Gambia, The, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 68 years for women).

Economy

make 97.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Gambia, The, the GDP per capita is $1,700.

be 3.2 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Gambia, The, however, that number is 48.4%.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Gambia, The, there are 29.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 50.4 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Gambia, The, 706.0 women do.

be 10.4 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Gambia, The, on the other hand, 60.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 64.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Gambia, The, 36% of the population do.

be 75.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Gambia, The, about 18.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 44.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Gambia, The spends 2.8% of total GDP on education.

spend 57.3% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Gambia, The, that number is 7.3% of GDP.

Geography

see 99.6% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Gambia, The, that number is 80 km.

Learn more about Gambia, The

Gambia, The is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 10,120 sq km. The Gambia gained its independence from the UK in 1965. Geographically surrounded by Senegal, it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia between 1982 and 1989. In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty, but tensions have flared up intermittently since then. Yahya JAMMEH led a military coup in 1994 that overthrew the president and banned political activity. A new constitution and presidential elections in 1996, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a nominal return to civilian rule. JAMMEH has been elected president in all subsequent elections including most recently in late 2011.

How big is Gambia, The 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.