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. In Ghana, that number is 10.9% of people.

live 13.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Ghana, that number is 67 years (64 years for men, 70 years for women).

Economy

spend 36.9% less on taxes


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

make 92.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Ghana, the GDP per capita is $4,700.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


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

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


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

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Ghana, there are 30.5 babies per 1,000 people.

be 22.8 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Ghana, 319.0 women do.

be 6.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Ghana, on the other hand, 35.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 28.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Ghana, 72% of the population do.

be 54.5% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Ghana, about 34.7% do.

be 10.6% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (99% in urban areas, and 98% in rural areas). In Ghana, that number is 89% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 84% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 78.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Ghana, that number is 3.6% of GDP.

spend 24.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Ghana spends 6.2% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 97.3% less coastline


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

Learn more about Ghana

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.