Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 69.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people as of 2016.

live 12.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Ghana, that number is 68 years (66 years for men, 71 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 36.9% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Ghana, the top tax rate is 25.0% as of 2016.

make 92.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700 as of 2017.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Ghana, that number is 11.9% as of 2015.

be 60.3% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Ghana, however, that number is 24.2% as of 2013.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Ghana, there are 29.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 16.2 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 Ghana, 308.0 women do as of 2017.

be 6.1 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 Ghana, on the other hand, 32.1 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 20.7% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Ghana, 79% of the population do as of 2017.

be 55.3% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Ghana, about 39.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 28.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Ghana spends 3.6% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 97.3% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Ghana, that number is 539 km.

Ghana: At a glance

Ghana is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 227,533 sq km. Formed from the merger of the British colony of the Gold Coast and the Togoland trust territory, Ghana in 1957 became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. Ghana endured a long series of coups before Lt. Jerry RAWLINGS took power in 1981 and banned political parties. After approving a new constitution and restoring multiparty politics in 1992, RAWLINGS won presidential elections in 1992 and 1996 but was constitutionally prevented from running for a third term in 2000. John KUFUOR succeeded him and was reelected in 2004. John Atta MILLS won the 2008 presidential election and took over as head of state, but he died in July 2012 and was constitutionally succeeded by his vice president John Dramani MAHAMA, who subsequently won the December 2012 presidential election.

How big is Ghana compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: Ghana Revenue Authority, The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service.

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