Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 75.7% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people.

live 17.9 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Senegal, that number is 62 years (60 years for men, 64 years for women).

Economy

make 95.5% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $2,700.

be 10.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Senegal, that number is 48.0%.

be 3.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7%.

Life

have 2.7 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Senegal, there are 33.4 babies per 1,000 people.

be 22.5 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Senegal, 315.0 women do.

be 8.5 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Senegal, on the other hand, 49.1 children do.

Basic Needs

be 45.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Senegal, 55% 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 Senegal, about 25.7% do.

be 20.9% 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 Senegal, that number is 78% of people on average (93% in urban areas, and 67% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 72.5% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Senegal, that number is 4.7% of GDP.

spend 42.0% more on education


United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education. Senegal spends 7.1% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 97.3% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Senegal, that number is 531 km.

Learn more about Senegal

Senegal is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 192,530 sq km. The French colonies of Senegal and the French Sudan were merged in 1959 and granted their independence as the Mali Federation in 1960. The union broke up after only a few months. Senegal joined with The Gambia to form the nominal confederation of Senegambia in 1982. The envisaged integration of the two countries was never carried out, and the union was dissolved in 1989. The Movement of Democratic Forces in the Casamance (MFDC) has led a low-level separatist insurgency in southern Senegal since the 1980s, and several peace deals have failed to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and has a long history of participating in international peacekeeping and regional mediation. Senegal was ruled by a Socialist Party for 40 years until Abdoulaye WADE was elected president in 2000. He was reelected in 2007 and during his two terms amended Senegal's constitution over a dozen times to increase executive power and to weaken the opposition. His decision to run for a third presidential term sparked a large public backlash that led to his defeat in a March 2012 runoff election with Macky SALL.

How big is Senegal 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.