Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 52.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Namibia, that number is 17.2% of people as of 2016.

live 15.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Namibia, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 67 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 81.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Namibia, the GDP per capita is $11,200 as of 2017.

be 7.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Namibia, that number is 34.0% as of 2016.

be 90.1% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Namibia, however, that number is 28.7% as of 2010.

Life

have 2.1 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Namibia, there are 25.7 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 10.3 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 Namibia, 195.0 women do as of 2017.

be 5.9 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 Namibia, on the other hand, 31.4 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 48.2% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Namibia, 52% of the population do as of 2017.

be 41.6% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Namibia, about 51.0% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 38.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Namibia spends 3.1% of total GDP on education as of 2014.

Geography

see 92.1% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Namibia, that number is 1,572 km.

Namibia: At a glance

Namibia is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 823,290 sq km. South Africa occupied the German colony of South-West Africa during World War I and administered it as a mandate until after World War II, when it annexed the territory. In 1966 the Marxist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla group launched a war of independence for the area that became Namibia, but it was not until 1988 that South Africa agreed to end its administration in accordance with a UN peace plan for the entire region. Namibia has been governed by SWAPO since the country won independence in 1990. Hifikepunye POHAMBA was elected president in November 2004 in a landslide victory replacing Sam NUJOMA who led the country during its first 14 years of self rule. POHAMBA was reelected in November 2009.

How big is Namibia 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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