Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 84.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Niger, that number is 5.5% of people.

live 24.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Niger, that number is 56 years (55 years for men, 57 years for women).

Economy

be 40.9% less likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Niger, that number is 2.6%.

make 98.0% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Niger, the GDP per capita is $1,200.

be 3.0 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Niger, however, that number is 45.4%.

Life

have 3.5 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Niger, there are 44.2 babies per 1,000 people.

be 39.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Niger, 553.0 women do.

be 14.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Niger, on the other hand, 81.1 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 Niger, 15% of the population do.

be 94.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Niger, about 4.3% do.

be 41.3% 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 Niger, that number is 58% of people on average (100% in urban areas, and 49% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 66.1% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Niger, that number is 5.8% of GDP.

spend 20.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Niger spends 6.0% of total GDP on education.

Learn more about Niger

Niger is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 1,266,700 sq km. Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991, when Gen. Ali SAIBOU was forced by public pressure to allow multiparty elections, which resulted in a democratic government in 1993. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup by Col. Ibrahim BARE. In 1999, BARE was killed in a counter coup by military officers who restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou TANDJA to power in December of that year. TANDJA was reelected in 2004 and in 2009 spearheaded a constitutional amendment that would allow him to extend his term as president. In February 2010, a military coup deposed TANDJA, immediately suspended the constitution, and dissolved the Cabinet. ISSOUFOU Mahamadou emerged victorious from a crowded field in the election following the coup and was inaugurated in April 2011. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa. The Nigerien Movement for Justice, a predominantly ethnic Tuareg rebel group, emerged in February 2007, and attacked several military targets in Niger's northern region throughout 2007 and 2008. Successful government offensives in 2009 ended the rebellion. Niger is facing increased security concerns on its borders from various external threats including insecurity in Libya, spillover from the conflict in Mali, and violent extremism in northeastern Nigeria.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.