Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

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

Health

be 76.8% less likely to be obese


In United States, 36.2% of adults are obese. In Togo, that number is 8.4% of people.

live 14.6 years less


In United States, the average life expectancy is 80 years (78 years for men, 82 years for women). In Togo, that number is 65 years (63 years for men, 68 years for women).

Economy

make 97.1% less money


United States has a GDP per capita of $59,500, while in Togo, the GDP per capita is $1,700.

be 56.8% more likely to be unemployed


In United States, 4.4% of adults are unemployed. In Togo, that number is 6.9%.

be 3.6 times more likely to live below the poverty line


In United States, 15.1% live below the poverty line. In Togo, however, that number is 55.1%.

Life

have 2.7 times more children


In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Togo, there are 33.3 babies per 1,000 people.

be 26.3 times more likely to die during childbirth


In United States, approximately 14.0 women per 1,000 births die during labor. In Togo, 368.0 women do.

be 7.3 times more likely to die during infancy


In United States, approximately 5.8 children die before they reach the age of one. In Togo, on the other hand, 42.2 children do.

Basic Needs

be 73.0% less likely to have access to electricity


In United States, 100% of the population has electricity access. In Togo, 27% of the population do.

be 85.2% less likely to have internet access


In United States, approximately 76.2% of the population has internet access. In Togo, about 11.3% do.

be 36.4% 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 Togo, that number is 63% of people on average (91% in urban areas, and 44% in rural areas).

Expenditures

spend 69.6% less on healthcare


United States spends 17.1% of its total GDP on healthcare. In Togo, that number is 5.2% of GDP.

Geography

see 99.7% less coastline


United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Togo, that number is 56 km.

Togo: At a glance

Togo is a sovereign country in Africa, with a total land area of approximately 54,385 sq km. French Togoland became Togo in 1960. Gen. Gnassingbe EYADEMA, installed as military ruler in 1967, ruled Togo with a heavy hand for almost four decades. Despite the facade of multi-party elections instituted in the early 1990s, the government was largely dominated by President EYADEMA, whose Rally of the Togolese People (RPT) party has maintained power almost continually since 1967 and maintains a majority of seats in today's legislature. Upon EYADEMA's death in February 2005, the military installed the president's son, Faure GNASSINGBE, and then engineered his formal election two months later. Democratic gains since then allowed Togo to hold its first relatively free and fair legislative elections in October 2007. After years of political unrest and condemnation from international organizations for human rights abuses, Togo is finally being re-welcomed into the international community.

How big is Togo 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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