Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 75.4% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Nigeria, that number is 8.9% of people as of 2016.

live 19.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Nigeria, that number is 60 years (59 years for men, 62 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 39.4% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Nigeria, the top tax rate is 24.0% as of 2016.

make 90.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Nigeria, the GDP per capita is $5,900 as of 2017.

be 3.7 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Nigeria, that number is 16.5% as of 2017.

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Nigeria, however, that number is 70.0% as of 2010.

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Nigeria, there are 34.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 48.3 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 Nigeria, 917.0 women do as of 2017.

be 11.3 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 Nigeria, on the other hand, 59.8 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 40.7% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Nigeria, 59% of the population do as of 2017.

be 51.9% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Nigeria, about 42.0% do as of 2018.

be 21.3% 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 Nigeria, that number is 78% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 64% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 95.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Nigeria, that number is 853 km.

Nigeria: At a glance

Nigeria is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 910,768 sq km. British influence and control over what would become Nigeria and Africa's most populous country grew through the 19th century. A series of constitutions after World War II granted Nigeria greater autonomy; independence came in 1960. Following nearly 16 years of military rule, a new constitution was adopted in 1999, and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. The government continues to face the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, and institutionalizing democracy. In addition, Nigeria continues to experience longstanding ethnic and religious tensions. Although both the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections were marred by significant irregularities and violence, Nigeria is currently experiencing its longest period of civilian rule since independence. The general elections of April 2007 marked the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power in the country's history and the elections of 2011 were generally regarded as credible. In January 2014, Nigeria assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2014-15 term.

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The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Nigeria.

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