Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 72.7% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Liberia, that number is 9.9% of people as of 2016.

live 15.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Liberia, that number is 65 years (62 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

be 36.4% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Liberia, that number is 2.8% as of 2014.

make 97.8% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Liberia, the GDP per capita is $1,300 as of 2017.

be 3.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Liberia, however, that number is 54.1% as of 2014.

Life

have 3.0 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Liberia, there are 37.3 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 34.8 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 Liberia, 661.0 women do as of 2017.

be 8.9 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 Liberia, on the other hand, 47.4 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 80.2% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Liberia, 20% of the population do as of 2017.

be 90.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Liberia, about 8.0% do as of 2018.

be 18.2% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Liberia, that number is 81% of people on average (94% in urban areas, and 68% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Expenditures

spend 24.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Liberia spends 3.8% of total GDP on education as of 2017.

Geography

see 97.1% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Liberia, that number is 579 km.

Liberia: At a glance

Liberia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 96,320 sq km. Settlement of freed slaves from the US in what is today Liberia began in 1822; by 1847, the Americo-Liberians were able to establish a republic. William TUBMAN, president from 1944-71, did much to promote foreign investment and to bridge the economic, social, and political gaps between the descendants of the original settlers and the inhabitants of the interior. In 1980, a military coup led by Samuel DOE ushered in a decade of authoritarian rule. In December 1989, Charles TAYLOR launched a rebellion against DOE's regime that led to a prolonged civil war in which DOE was killed. A period of relative peace in 1997 allowed for elections that brought TAYLOR to power, but major fighting resumed in 2000. An August 2003 peace agreement ended the war and prompted the resignation of former president Charles TAYLOR, who faces war crimes charges in The Hague related to his involvement in Sierra Leone's civil war. After two years of rule by a transitional government, democratic elections in late 2005 brought President Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF to power. She subsequently won reelection in 2011 in a second round vote that was boycotted by the opposition and remains challenged to build Liberia's economy and reconcile a nation still recovering from 14 years of fighting. The United Nations Security Council in September 2012 passed Resolution 2066 which calls for a reduction of UN troops in Liberia by half by 2015, bringing the troop total down to fewer than 4000, and challenging Liberia's security sector to fill the gaps.

How big is Liberia 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.

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