Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 64.9% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Mauritania, that number is 12.7% of people.

live 16.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Mauritania, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 66 years for women).

Economy

make 92.6% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Mauritania, the GDP per capita is $4,400.

be 2.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Mauritania, that number is 11.7%.

be 2.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Mauritania, however, that number is 31.0%.

Life

have 2.4 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Mauritania, there are 30.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 43.0 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Mauritania, 602.0 women do.

be 8.9 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mauritania, on the other hand, 51.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 72.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Mauritania, 28% of the population do.

be 76.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Mauritania, about 18.0% do.

be 41.6% 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 Mauritania, that number is 58% of people on average (58% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 48.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Mauritania spends 2.6% of total GDP on education.

spend 77.8% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Mauritania, that number is 3.8% of GDP.

Geography

see 96.2% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Mauritania, that number is 754 km.

Learn more about Mauritania

Mauritania is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,030,700 sq km. Independent from France in 1960, Mauritania annexed the southern third of the former Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara) in 1976 but relinquished it after three years of raids by the Polisario guerrilla front seeking independence for the territory. Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed TAYA seized power in a coup in 1984 and ruled Mauritania with a heavy hand for more than two decades. A series of presidential elections that he held were widely seen as flawed. A bloodless coup in August 2005 deposed President TAYA and ushered in a military council that oversaw a transition to democratic rule. Independent candidate Sidi Ould Cheikh ABDALLAHI was inaugurated in April 2007 as Mauritania's first freely and fairly elected president. His term ended prematurely in August 2008 when a military junta led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ deposed him and installed a military council government. AZIZ was subsequently elected president in July 2009 and sworn in the following month. AZIZ sustained injuries from an accidental shooting by his own troops in October 2012 but has continued to maintain his authority. The country continues to experience ethnic tensions among its black population (Afro-Mauritanians) and white and black Moor (Arab-Berber) communities, and confronts a terrorism threat by al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

How big is Mauritania 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.