Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 85.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Madagascar, that number is 5.3% of people.

live 13.7 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Madagascar, that number is 66 years (65 years for men, 68 years for women).

Economy

be 52.3% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Madagascar, that number is 2.1%.

spend 49.5% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Madagascar, the top tax rate is 20.0%.

make 97.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Madagascar, the GDP per capita is $1,600.

be 4.7 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Madagascar, however, that number is 70.7%.

Life

have 2.5 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Madagascar, there are 31.6 babies per 1,000 people.

be 25.2 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Madagascar, 353.0 women do.

be 7.1 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Madagascar, on the other hand, 41.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 85.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Madagascar, 15% of the population do.

be 93.8% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Madagascar, about 4.7% do.

be 48.1% 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 Madagascar, that number is 52% of people on average (82% in urban areas, and 35% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 58.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Madagascar spends 2.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 82.5% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Madagascar, that number is 3.0% of GDP.

Geography

see 75.8% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Madagascar, that number is 4,828 km.

Madagascar: At a glance

Madagascar is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 581,540 sq km. Formerly an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1896 but regained independence in 1960. During 1992-93, free presidential and National Assembly elections were held ending 17 years of single-party rule. In 1997, in the second presidential race, Didier RATSIRAKA, the leader during the 1970s and 1980s, was returned to the presidency. The 2001 presidential election was contested between the followers of Didier RATSIRAKA and Marc RAVALOMANANA, nearly causing secession of half of the country. In April 2002, the High Constitutional Court announced RAVALOMANANA the winner. RAVALOMANANA achieved a second term following a landslide victory in the generally free and fair presidential elections of 2006. In early 2009, protests over increasing restrictions on opposition press and activities resulted in RAVALOMANANA handing over power to the military, which then conferred the presidency on the mayor of Antananarivo, Andry RAJOELINA, in what amounted to a coup d'etat. Following a lengthy mediation process led by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Madagascar held UN-supported presidential and parliamentary elections in 2013. Former de facto finance minister Hery RAJAONARIMAMPIANINA defeated RAVALOMANANA's favored candidate Jean-Louis ROBINSON in a presidential runoff and was inaugurated in January 2014. Most international observers, while noting some irregularities, declared polls to be a credible reflection of the Malagasy public's will.

How big is Madagascar 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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