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. In Nigeria, that number is 8.9% of people.

live 26.2 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Nigeria, that number is 54 years (53 years for men, 55 years for women).

Economy

spend 39.4% less on taxes


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

make 90.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Nigeria, the GDP per capita is $5,900.

be 3.0 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Nigeria, that number is 13.4%.

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


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

Life

have 3.0 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Nigeria, there are 36.9 babies per 1,000 people.

be 58.1 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Nigeria, 814.0 women do.

be 12.0 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Nigeria, on the other hand, 69.8 children do.

Basic Needs

be 55.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Nigeria, 45% of the population do.

be 66.3% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Nigeria, about 25.7% do.

be 30.9% 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 Nigeria, that number is 68% of people on average (81% in urban areas, and 57% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 78.4% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Nigeria, that number is 3.7% of GDP.

Geography

see 95.7% less coastline


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

Learn more about Nigeria

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.