Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Congo, Republic of the instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 73.5% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Congo, Republic of the, that number is 9.6% of people.

live 20.2 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Congo, Republic of the, that number is 60 years (59 years for men, 61 years for women).

Economy

make 88.9% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Congo, Republic of the, the GDP per capita is $6,600.

be 8.2 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Congo, Republic of the, that number is 36.0%.

be 3.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Congo, Republic of the, however, that number is 46.5%.

Life

have 2.8 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Congo, Republic of the, there are 34.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 31.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Congo, Republic of the, 442.0 women do.

be 9.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Congo, Republic of the, on the other hand, 54.9 children do.

Basic Needs

be 58.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Congo, Republic of the, 42% of the population do.

be 90.0% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Congo, Republic of the, about 7.6% do.

be 22.9% 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 Congo, Republic of the, that number is 76% of people on average (96% in urban areas, and 40% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 69.6% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Congo, Republic of the, that number is 5.2% of GDP.

spend 24.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Congo, Republic of the spends 6.2% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 99.2% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Congo, Republic of the, that number is 169 km.

Learn more about Congo, Republic of the

Congo, Republic of the is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 341,500 sq km. Upon independence in 1960, the former French region of Middle Congo became the Republic of the Congo. A quarter century of experimentation with Marxism was abandoned in 1990 and a democratically elected government took office in 1992. A brief civil war in 1997 restored former Marxist President Denis SASSOU-Nguesso, and ushered in a period of ethnic and political unrest. Southern-based rebel groups agreed to a final peace accord in March 2003, but the calm is tenuous and refugees continue to present a humanitarian crisis. The Republic of Congo is one of Africa's largest petroleum producers, but with declining production it will need new offshore oil finds to sustain its oil earnings over the long term.

How big is Congo, Republic of the 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.