Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 6.0 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Samoa, that number is 74 years (71 years for men, 77 years for women).

be 30.7% more likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Samoa, that number is 47.3% of people.

Economy

spend 31.8% less on taxes


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6%. In Samoa, the top tax rate is 27.0%.

make 90.4% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Samoa, the GDP per capita is $5,700.

Life

have 63.2% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Samoa, there are 20.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 3.6 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Samoa, 51.0 women do.

be 3.2 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Samoa, on the other hand, 18.6 children do.

Basic Needs

be 61.4% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Samoa, about 29.4% do.

Expenditures

spend 18.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Samoa spends 4.1% of total GDP on education.

spend 57.9% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Samoa, that number is 7.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 98.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Samoa, that number is 403 km.

Learn more about Samoa

Samoa is a sovereign country in Australia-Oceania, with a total land area of approximately 2,821 sq km. New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997.

How big is Samoa 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, Internal Revenue Service, Ministry of Revenue, Samoa.