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 as of 2016. In Senegal, that number is 8.8% of people as of 2016.

live 17.1 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Senegal, that number is 63 years (61 years for men, 65 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

make 94.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Senegal, the GDP per capita is $3,500 as of 2017.

be 10.9 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Senegal, that number is 48.0% as of 2007.

be 3.1 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Senegal, however, that number is 46.7% as of 2011.

Life

have 2.6 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Senegal, there are 31.8 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 16.6 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 Senegal, 315.0 women do as of 2017.

be 8.6 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 Senegal, on the other hand, 45.7 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 35.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Senegal, 65% of the population do as of 2017.

be 47.3% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Senegal, about 46.0% do as of 2018.

be 15.9% less likely to have access to improved drinking water


In United States, approximately 99% of people have improved drinking water access (100% in urban areas, and 97% in rural areas) as of 2017. In Senegal, that number is 83% of people on average (92% in urban areas, and 74% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 97.3% less coastline


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

Senegal: At a glance

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.

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