Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

live 5.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Samoa, that number is 75 years (72 years for men, 78 years for women) as of 2020.

be 30.7% more likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Samoa, that number is 47.3% of people as of 2016.

Economy

pay a 31.8% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Samoa, the top tax rate is 27.0% as of 2016.

make 90.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Samoa, the GDP per capita is $5,700 as of 2017.

be 18.2% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Samoa, that number is 5.2% as of 2017.

Life

have 58.1% more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Samoa, there are 19.6 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 2.3 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 Samoa, 43.0 women do as of 2017.

be 3.2 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 Samoa, on the other hand, 17.0 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 61.5% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Samoa, about 33.6% do as of 2018.

Expenditures

spend 18.0% less on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. Samoa spends 4.1% of total GDP on education as of 2016.

Geography

see 98.0% less coastline


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

Samoa: At a glance

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.

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