Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Sierra Leone instead of United States, you would:

Health

be 76.0% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In Sierra Leone, that number is 8.7% of people as of 2016.

live 20.5 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In Sierra Leone, that number is 60 years (57 years for men, 63 years for women) as of 2020.

Economy

pay a 24.2% lower top tax rate


United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In Sierra Leone, the top tax rate is 30.0% as of 2014.

make 97.3% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in Sierra Leone, the GDP per capita is $1,600 as of 2017.

be 3.4 times more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In Sierra Leone, that number is 15.0% as of 2017.

be 4.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line as of 2010. In Sierra Leone, however, that number is 70.2% as of 2004.

Life

have 2.9 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In Sierra Leone, there are 35.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.

be 58.9 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 Sierra Leone, 1120.0 women do as of 2017.

be 12.0 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 Sierra Leone, on the other hand, 63.6 children do as of 2020.

Basic Needs

be 80.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In Sierra Leone, 20% of the population do as of 2017.

be 89.7% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In Sierra Leone, about 9.0% do as of 2018.

be 29.5% 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 Sierra Leone, that number is 70% of people on average (90% in urban areas, and 56% in rural areas) as of 2017.

Geography

see 98.0% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Sierra Leone, that number is 402 km.

Sierra Leone: At a glance

Sierra Leone is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 71,620 sq km. Democracy is slowly being reestablished after the civil war from 1991 to 2002 that resulted in tens of thousands of deaths and the displacement of more than 2 million people (about a third of the population). The military, which took over full responsibility for security following the departure of UN peacekeepers at the end of 2005, is increasingly developing as a guarantor of the country's stability. The armed forces remained on the sideline during the 2007 and 2012 national elections, and over the past year have deployed over 850 peacekeepers in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). As of January 2014, Sierra Leone also fielded 122 staff for five UN peacekeeping missions. In March 2014, the closure of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) marked the end of more than 15 years of peacekeeping and political operations in Sierra Leone. The government's priorities include furthering development, creating jobs, and stamping out endemic corruption.

How big is Sierra Leone 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, National Revenue Authority.

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