Quality of life comparison
If you lived in South Africa instead of United States, you would:
be 21.8% less likely to be obese
In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese as of 2016. In South Africa, that number is 28.3% of people as of 2016.
live 15.5 years less
In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women) as of 2020. In South Africa, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 66 years for women) as of 2020.
make 77.3% less money
United States has a GDP per capita of $59,800 as of 2017, while in South Africa, the GDP per capita is $13,600 as of 2017.
be 6.2 times more likely to be unemployed
In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed as of 2017. In South Africa, that number is 27.5% as of 2017.
pay a 13.6% higher top tax rate
United States has a top tax rate of 39.6% as of 2016. In South Africa, the top tax rate is 45.0% as of 2017.
have 54.8% more children
In United States, there are approximately 12.4 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020. In South Africa, there are 19.2 babies per 1,000 people as of 2020.
be 6.3 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 South Africa, 119.0 women do as of 2017.
be 5.2 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 South Africa, on the other hand, 27.8 children do as of 2020.
be 15.8% less likely to have access to electricity
In United States, approximately 100% of the population has electricity access as of 2016. In South Africa, 84% of the population do as of 2017.
be 35.6% less likely to have internet access
In United States, approximately 87.3% of the population has internet access as of 2018. In South Africa, about 56.2% do as of 2018.
spend 24.0% more on education
United States spends 5.0% of its total GDP on education as of 2014. South Africa spends 6.2% of total GDP on education as of 2018.
see 86.0% less coastline
United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In South Africa, that number is 2,798 km.
The statistics above were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, South African Revenue Service.
South Africa: At a glance
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